european group

At the beginning of the 1970’s a number of criminologists and sociologists out of ten countries established the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control. Their aim was to focus more than was the case at that time in dominant criminology on the role of the state and authorities in the creation of delinquency and deviant behaviour.

During a few years I was a member of the Steering Committee of the group.

The European Group’s main activity is the yearly conference, centred on a  specific theme. The group always tries to link to local political actuality, and usually there is a substantial participation of students and practitioners.

Contributions to the conferences were published the year after (until 1990?) in the numbered series Working Papers. The European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control has a website.


'The Rotterdam Junkie-Union and Affiliates: How to Realize a Non-Repressive Drug Policy?', in Working Papers in European Criminology N° 8, 1987.

'With AIDS on Our Side: Drugs, AIDS and Normalization'18th Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, Haarlem, 4-7 september 1990

'Metaphors on Order and Deviance from the Work of Julia Kristeva', in Gender, Sexuality and Social Control (ed. by Bill Rolston and Mike Tomlinson), 
Working Papers N°10, 1990, 10-25.

'Against and Beyond Fortress Europe', in: Demetra Fr. Sorvatzioti et al. (eds.), Critical Views on Crime, Policy and Social Control. Cyprus, University of Nicosia Press, 2014, 12-21.