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1 SOCIOLOGY 101 Introduction to Sociology SOCIAL CONTROL: INFORMAL CONTROL
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2 Overview Control theorists take deviant behavior for granted. The question for them is: Why do people conform instead? Simply put, people conform when there are more rewards and less risk of loss attached to conformity Within a society or social group, people vary greatly in their degree of conformity. Is this because of differences in personality? No, the cause is a fundamentally sociological one: Conformity depends on the strength of the social bonds between an individual and the group. Control will be greatest over those who: have more personal attachments have invested more in their current or future status are involved in more activities and groups have internalized norms to a greater degree All four of the above types of social bonds or elements of control are interconnected Adolescence is a time when control typically diminishes and deviance increases Why?
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3 High levels of social order are based on
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