social control


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so·cial con·trol

the influence on the behavior of a person exerted by other people or by society as a whole; for example, through appropriate social norms, ostracism, or the criminal law.
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Direct health-related social control is defined as social network members' attempts to regulate, influence, or constrain health behaviors, whereas indirect health-related social control refers to an internalized sense of responsibility to others to stay healthy (Umberson, 1987).
The key constructs of this work are outlined as follows: social control and social management; then the discussions will be presented, followed by the closing comments.
7-9) Conrad (9) defines medical social control as the way in which medicine wittingly or unwittingly attempts to secure adherence to social norms (which are defined by society) through the use of medical means to minimise, eliminate, or normalise deviant behaviour.
Coercive Foreign Intervention as Exogenous, State-Produced Social Control
Social control can be defined as attempts of influencing and regulating another person's health behavior even if this person is not willing to change (Lewis & Rook, 1999).
It argues that a dichotomous approach to social control does not recognize how community media may enforce common norms and values but also promote changes in community practice.
The new framework is necessary they argue, because the existing notion of "policing is inadequate to describe the temporality, spatiality, complexity, and diversity of social control tactics" they witnessed (p.
It is this perception that I now propose to examine more closely, first by looking more broadly at sociological approaches to social control, and then by reviewing evidence relating to Indigenous social control of alcohol.
Empirical studies, however, have found several examples of successful mobilization driven by social control mechanisms.
In addition, the researcher used three indicators of social control mechanisms that might affect men's sexual behavior: rural or urban residence (because social control mechanisms are presumably weaker in urban regions), travel away from home in the past 12 months, and social position in the household, determined by whether the man lived alone, headed a two-person household, headed a larger household, was the son or grandson of the head of the household, or was in another position.
With these results in mind, attention will now be given to the second major issue involved with this study, that of social control.