You are hereHome › College of Education & Professional Studies (CEPS) › Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice › Denney, Andrew › Bondage and Discipline Style APAChicagoHarvardIEEEMLATurabian Choose the citation style. Denney, A. S. (2014). Bondage and Discipline. Encyclopedia Of Social Deviance. Download PDF Bondage and Discipline Details Type Encyclopedia Entry Title Bondage and Discipline Contributor(s) Denney, Andrew S. (author) Located In Encyclopedia of Social Deviance Date 2014 Abstract The terms bondage and discipline are the first two components of the well-known acronym BDSM that refers to bondage, discipline, sadism, and masochism. Although bondage and discipline are often associated with sadism and masochism, BDSM is not an all-encompassing concept. However, most scholarly research has synthesized these four concepts into one overarching concept of BDSM. Bondage is the act of an individual(s) in control of another willing individual(s) by physically restraining them through the use of a restraint device(s) for the mental pleasure of all participants. The individual taking control is referred to as the dominant, and the recipient is referred to as the subordinate. Discipline is the act of a dominant inflicting pain onto a subordinate for the primary purpose of mental enjoyment for both participants. These demonstrations are constructed and enacted through the use of “scenes,” referring to specific sessions of bondage and discipline. One of the common stereotypes associated with bondage and discipline is that it is sexualized in nature; however, the primary purpose is mental enjoyment with the sexual component coming second – if at all. Both bondage and discipline typically accompany one another in a reciprocal relationship among participants.