The Law Is An Effective Instrument For Creating Social Change

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Nikolay Makarenko
Brenna Keatinge

The law is an effective instrument for creating social change in society.

Social change is an important factor in our everyday life, it serves as a continuous process, which creates alternatives and adjusts the ways to the way we live, reshapes out culture. This is the reason why some cultures may have different living standards than others, where you would be able to seek differences not only between the cultures themself, but also within the individuals, between their moral and ethical foundations. Social change continuously creates new social framework for the particular groups, and eventually results in new social structure in the whole culture. (Chantia, p1) Law is tightly
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Most of the times, and in more obvious ways, the law would interact directly with a social institution and the corresponding changes would be very likely obvious. Strict prohibition of several actions would have a direct response from the society, where the society would avoid the prohibited actions in order to prevent the penalty. This would reshape most of the individual’s behavior, therefore, creating social change. In a less obvious way, law can have an indirect impact on the society, by having an effect on a social institution, which in his case, would later have an effect on the behavior of individuals. (Keatinge, lecture 7).

Viewing law as an instrument for the social change involves entailing two related with each other processes: the institutionalization and the internalization (Vago, p 218). Institutionalization refers to the creation of the norm with a proper enforcement in the society, where internalization refers to the understanding of the original ideas and value of the incorporated law by the society. (Vago, p218) Law entails the normative of the society, and builds new possible forms of social institutions. It can extend rights to the minorities, people with disadvantages, and provides formal rights to the people who experienced any discrimination against any of the listed practices. Law doesn’t only enforce the rules and
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