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The Resource The trouble with evil : social control at the edge of morality, Edwin M. Lemert

The trouble with evil : social control at the edge of morality, Edwin M. Lemert

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The trouble with evil : social control at the edge of morality
Title
The trouble with evil
Title remainder
social control at the edge of morality
Statement of responsibility
Edwin M. Lemert
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Edwin Lemert investigates the possibility that a consideration of evil will provide new power to explanations of deviance. He links classic studies of witchcraft and sorcery to the wider problem of social control. The search for prototypical evil (a view that Lemert rejects) turns to an investigation of sorcery because sorcery involves selfish interest and intentions on the part of the sorcerer, who uses cryptic means to harm a victim that he/she dislikes. The author then examines comparatively the conditions that produce evil actions, and social reactions to them, in a variety of societies; and he reviews explanations that previous scholars have offered for the presence and consequences of evil. A tangential consequence of this method is that the work takes on a strong Melanesian flavor, because so many of the classic studies of sorcery were conducted in that culture area. Lemert argues that the fragmented nature of political organization, rapid shifts in political alliance, and the frequency of competitive rituals involving food combine in Melanesia to produce conditions that favor the development of whole cultures that celebrate forms of animosity and violence
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Cataloging source
N$T
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1912-1996
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Lemert, Edwin M.
Dewey number
306.4/096
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
GN645
LC item number
.L44 1997eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
SUNY series in deviance and social control
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Witchcraft
  • Witchcraft
  • Social control
  • Social control
  • Good and evil
  • Africa
  • Africa
  • Melanesia
  • Melanesia
  • Subsaharan Africa
  • social control
  • witchcraft
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Good and evil
  • Moral conditions
  • Social control
  • Social conditions
  • Witchcraft
  • Africa
  • Melanesia
  • Hexerei
  • Afrika
  • Melanesien
  • Het Kwaad
  • Sociale controle
  • Heksenvervolgingen
  • Magie
  • Ethnic & Race Studies
  • Gender & Ethnic Studies
  • Social Sciences
Label
The trouble with evil : social control at the edge of morality, Edwin M. Lemert
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-180) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Sociological Perspective on Evil -- 2. Evil as Experience -- 3. Some Realities of Social Control -- 4. The Primitive Witch Hunt -- 5. Evil and Social Control in Melanesia -- 6. Sorcery as a Legal Remedy -- 7. Conclusion
Control code
42856338
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 185 pages).
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585089690
Lccn
96030388
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)42856338
Label
The trouble with evil : social control at the edge of morality, Edwin M. Lemert
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-180) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Sociological Perspective on Evil -- 2. Evil as Experience -- 3. Some Realities of Social Control -- 4. The Primitive Witch Hunt -- 5. Evil and Social Control in Melanesia -- 6. Sorcery as a Legal Remedy -- 7. Conclusion
Control code
42856338
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 185 pages).
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585089690
Lccn
96030388
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)42856338

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