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Unformatted text preview: Notes August 24, 2005 On Self-Help in Modern Society • It is taken for granted that ordinary citizens are unable to solve many of their problems with others, but must turn to the law for help. • If citizens were to exercise more social control on their own, a different kind of public order would prevail. • Self-help is a social practice had been highest in the simplest societies. • Self-help has both preventive and remedial aspects. Social Control through Self-Help • Self-help is rather an alternative with distinctive patterns of mobilization, agent recruitment, procedures, outcomes, and other features. • Differences between self-help and law: LAW: it is routine that one side of any conflict is the object of sanction while the other is vindicated and supported. SELF-HELP: more frequently conciliatory. Its settlements are more commonly negotiated between the two or more opposing factions included in a dispute, where some concessions are made in pursuit of resolution. Self-help is less severe than civil and penal settlements. Self-help is a “radically decentralized mode of social control.” Usually in criminal cases, penal settlements....
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This note was uploaded on 10/22/2007 for the course POSC 130g taught by Professor Below during the Fall '06 term at USC.
- Fall '06
- Public Policy