Social Control - Social Control. 1. All the ideas we've...

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Social Control. 1. All the ideas we’ve looked at so far have been implicitly concerned with the various ways that people attempt to create order, stability and predictability in their own and other people’s behaviour. In this respect, we have been indirectly talking about the various ways that any society attempts to control the behaviour of its members. These controls affect not just the way people actually behave, but also the way they think about the nature of the social world. 2. In this section, therefore, we can start to bring all of these ideas together under the general heading of social control and look a little more closely at the various forms of social control that exist in any society. 3. At its most basic, social control involves all of the things that we do or have done to us that are designed to maintain or change people's behaviour. * The socialisation process, for example, involves social control because it represents an attempt by people to shape the way in which a child develops. When we develop certain values and adopt particular norms , this too is a form of social control since we are placing limits on what we consider to be acceptable or normal behaviour. Role play is again a form of social
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Social Control - Social Control. 1. All the ideas we've...

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