External forms of social control

This mindmap outlines the external forms of social control, this resource is useful for anybody studying criminology or sociology.

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  • External forms of social control
    • Coercion
      • When a person uses force to achieve a desired end, coercion doesn't have to be done in a negative way and can be non-violent or physical.
      • If coercion is physical it will include injury or the death penalty, this method is not favoured within society and it is believed that methods such as these ones highight weaknesses with regards to social control.
      • If coercion is non-violent, it will include boycotting o a strike. Non-violent coercion can be seen as a more effective way of managing social control rather than physical coercion.
    • Fear of punishment
      • Fear of punishment can come in all different forms and is usually introduced to people in childhood.
        • If a person holds a strong understanding as to what punishment is at quite a young age, they will use this to control their behaviour and avoid punishment.
      • When a person learns the consequence associated with certain behaviour, they will decide whether or not they want to repeat the behaviour. They could learn the consequence by observing others or by completing the behaviour themselves and being told off,


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