Oct12 - 1 SOCIOLOGY 101 Introduction to Sociology SOCIAL...

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Unformatted text preview: 1 SOCIOLOGY 101 Introduction to Sociology SOCIAL CONTROL: INFORMAL CONTROL 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? 3 High levels of social order are based on...
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This note was uploaded on 10/02/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 101 taught by Professor Clarke during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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