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In everyday life society follows social norms that we do not even realize are there unless they are altered or broken The definition the author of You May Ask Yourself Dalton Conley explains how norms are how society puts their values into action and values are our moral beliefs 2011 85 With the norms and values in America there are so many to count it is ridiculous but they are altered by the social control in our communities There are two different types of social control the first type of social control deals with written down rules regulations and laws that provide citizens boundaries and the right and wrong of actions called formal social sanctions Conley 2011 185 Society is very strict when it comes to formal social sanctions because these are the types that include robbery assault driving offenses or any type of law that is being broken The way society reacts to this is if the norm is broken the cops or law enforcement is called or with driving offenses when people break them other drivers that it influences tend to get mad yell flip them off or even honk The other type of social control is informal social control according to our text it is the usually unexpressed but widely known rules of group membership the unspoken rules of social life Conley 2011 185 Informal social control impacts the norms that are part of individuals more the less the community although they affect the community also This could depend on what type of school someone goes too where someone works what kind of hobbies people like to do and where in the country they are in The book gives a great example of an informal social control of if someone goes to a party school they try to hide studying compared to if someone goes to a community college they spend a little time at the school and usually commute back to
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