Informal Social Control

Informal Social Control - Informal Social Control If you...

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Informal Social Control If you had a problem, who would you turn to first? A friend? Family? It is quite likely that you would seek solace in someone you knew well…someone who you saw regularly – someone who plays a very important part in your life. This is what we mean by informal social control. This form of control is therefore based on the approval or disapproval of those around us whose review of us we regard as important. Hence, the three main groups that fall into this category are; 1) Family, Our basic learning of norms and values (what is regarded as desirable and achievable, often dictating how we should live) are learned in the realm of the family. The family therefore plays a very important role on socialising us and therefore giving us our own identity. It is in this realm that we learn the basic morality of society ( note for A2 students – which political perspective, however, argues that this is under threat? Why?) and we learn to develop a conscience. The family controls us in a very subtle way – unless we do very wrong perhaps where punishment is obvious and pronounced. 2) Friends, In Sociology, the term “peer group” is often used as an alternative to the term “friends”. A peer group is a group of people of a similar age to us who we relate to. Often peer groups can teach us informally (i.e. often in a very “piece meal” and
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