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Social Control

Core definition

The regulation of society through social mechanisms such as socialization, coercion, norms, laws, rewards and sanctions.

Longer explanation

In the words of Austin Powers, ‘Oh Behave!’ And this is exactly what ‘society’ needs us to do, so it works at controlling our behaviours in order to avoid chaos and maintain social order. ...

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