Social control

concept within the disciplines of the social sciences and within political science

Social control is the process by which individuals are led to develop thought and behavior patterns acceptable to the ruling institutions of a society.


  • Social power [is the] potential influence, the ability of a person or group to induce or prevent change in another. Social control [is] the process by which members of a social entity are influenced to adhere to values and principles of proper behavior deemed appropriate for that social entity.
    • Bertram H. Raven (1999). "Kurt Lewin address: Influence, Power, Religion, and the Mechanisms of Social Control." Journal of Social Issues. 55(1):161-186. p. 161

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