Controlling Anti-Social Behaviour

Controlling Anti-Social Behaviour

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Social Control

  • Societies can only exist if there is some order and some predictability otherwise society would be in chaos
  • Order is applied by the use of laws and rules
  • Social control refers to the methods that are used to control individual and group behaviour, which leads to conformity to the rules of a particular society
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Informal Social Control

  • This form of control is based on the approval or disapproval of those around us eg. family, friends and peer group
  • If they disapprove of our behaviour they will tell us and critisice our behaviour
  • In extreme examples we may be excluded from the group for our behaviour eg. swearing amongst a group of people who do not swear
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Formal Social Control

  • Formal social control is where behaviour is controlled through organisations that exist to enforce order eg. the police
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Social Control in Action

Agents of social control attempt to control anti-social behaviour

  • Family- teaches right from wrong
  • Work - need to conform to earn a living, gain promotion
  • Schools - formally in school within the classroom but also informally in the expectations of teachers and fellow students through the hidden curriculum
  • Religion - teaches right from wrong
  • Peer groups - crucial in forming our attitudes to society and are very influential in determining our behaviour
  • Legal system - most powerful institution dealing with social control
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New Agent of Social Control

  • In an attempt to prevent anti-social behaviour there is a greater surveillance of our everyday lives
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