Differences of formal and informal social control

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TOPIC- Differences of formal and informal social control

  • Formal social control includes written, formalized and codified statements in laws, rules, and regulations. Whereas informal control does not contain any written rules.
  • Formal control agencies are authorized ones created by government and informal control agencies are created by social networks and organizations but not by government.
  • Formal control is much effective and stronger than informal social control. Any situations which cannot be handled by informal control are subjected to formal one.
  • Formal control is effective for even large groups of population but informal control is effective only for a small group of people.

Social control, formal or informal, thus helps in regulation of society. The study of social control includes disciplines of sociology, anthropology, psychology, law and political science.

Differences of formal and informal social control

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