Sociology 2260A/B Chapter 5: soc 2260 ch 5- law and society- Vago

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Social control refers to methods used by members of society to maintain order and promote. 2 basic processes of social control: internalization of group norms and control through. Theres both positive and negative sanctions predictability of behaviour external pressures informal social controls. Informal mechanisms of social control tend to be more effective in groups and societies where relations are face to face and intimate and where the division of labour is relatively simple. In simple societies laws are often unwritten so social norms are taught to children. Libel= slander that is written formal social controls. Usually characteristic of complex societies with greater division of labour, heterogeneity of population, and subgroups of competing values and different sets of mores and ideologies. Formal social controls are incorporated in the institutions in society and are characterized by the explicit establishment of procedures and the delegation of speci c bodies to enforce them.

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