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Unformatted text preview: *Focus is on the techniques and strategies used to regulate behavior and ensure conformity. Social control defines deviant behavior:-What’s right and wrong-What’s a violation of law *This socialization process is also referred to as “bonding ”. 4 Central Elements of Bonding 1. Attachment-Strength of ties to others • Sensitivity • Interest in others’ welfare-Three primary forms: A) Parents B) School C) Peers 2. Commitment-Investment in conventional lines of action: 1) Time 2) Energy-Develops stakes of conformity-“The more one has, the more one has to lose.” 3. Involvement-Proportion of time spent involved in conventional activities: A) Schools B) Recreation C) Family-“Idle hands are a devil’s workshop” 4. Beliefs-Attribution of moral validity to conventional forms-Similar to DA-Respect for law and authority...
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- Winter '09
- Travis Hirschi, Walter Reckless, Social control theories