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Sociology: Formal and Informal Social Control
Social Control

Social Control

Social Control describes the mechanisms in society that influence the process of learning the norms and values of that society and of the system of punishments which occur if the norms and values are not followed.

Agencies of social control are the groups and organisations in society that ensure that most people conform to the rules most of the time.

There are two overall types of social control. These are:
a) Informal social control
b) Formal social control

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