July 11 - Notes: July 11, 2007 Positivist (con't) Control...

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Notes: July 11, 2007 Positivist (con’t) Control Theory - They think that the way to seek out the cause of deviance, by seeking out the cause of conformity. They make an assumption that may or may not be true. If left to our own devices, we are prone to deviate. You have to make an assumption…when given the choice between doing the right or wrong thing; most people will do the wrong thing. Social control limits and prohibits us from doing the wrong thing; it makes us do the right thing. People do the wrong thing when there is a lack of social control. This lack spurs deviance. In the presence of social control, we will do what we are told. In the lack of social control, we are prone to deviance. Hirschi- most people have a strong bond to society which insures conformity. If our bond is weak, we are more likely to deviate. If our bond is strong, we are more likely to conform. *4 ways to bond ourselves to society: ~Attachment- “The good crowd” goes to church ~Commitment- you experience a level of conformity with conventional actions ~Involvement- involved in conventional activities. You have a lot to loose if you engage in deviance, but you don’t have a lot of time to engage in deviance. ~Belief- you believe in the moral validity of the social rule.
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