Social Control Theory

1967 WordsJun 29, 20108 Pages
Social Control Theory There are many things in today’s society that unknowingly control our actions and behaviors. Bonds that exist with our surroundings have a profound effect on how we live our lives. Since the 1900’s conformity has been the focus of every society here on Earth. If people are given an idea about what is right or wrong and the outcomes for each decision are clearly shown; the chance for deviance is greatly lessened. This summary will contain history of the social control theory and how its ideas and beliefs have evolved today. The earliest known definition of the social control theory was taken from E.A. Ross, a sociologist from the 1900’s. He believed that the things people believed in made them conform to their…show more content…
The things people choose to believe make them who they are. There are negative beliefs and positive ones. Everyone has them, most are brought up to believe a certain way or practice a certain type of religion. Families pass down beliefs and ways of life from generation to generation. Different races believe in different things, many religious but others exist too. When people believe in the system its government provides they give back to it, and respect it. However, what some people believe in conflict with the beliefs of others, and when two different types of beliefs clash the result can be ugly. The bond between people and their society lessen when they don’t believe in what it stands for. Demonstrators for abortion or war are perfect examples of the beliefs people have and how they choose to express their emotions physically. The containment theory states that every person has an exterior structure and a protected interior structure. Both of these different types of structures are used as a buffer for delinquency. Examples of a person’s exterior structure could be belonging to a group of people, the opportunity to gain a certain type of status within society, or a set of limitations or responsibilities. Internal construction can be capitalized on by having a general positive outlook on life, believing in ones self, and a good conscience. When these different constructs weaken in a person the chance for deviant acts increase
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