Social Control Mechanisms Analysis
1. Using definitions and examples, sociologically analyze the social control mechanisms that encourage conformity in your primary group, secondary groups and a formal organization you belong to or are familiar with.
According to OpenStax, (2017) “conformity is the extent to which an individual complies with group norms or expectations” (p. 118). My conformity to my primary group, which is my family is influenced by love. I love my family, and they have always reciprocated the same love I have to them. My subscription to the secondary group has been influenced by the assistance we offer to one another in the bid to achieve our career and educational goals. My conformity to the secondary group aligns with OpenStax (2017) argument that the objective of the secondary group is task or goal-oriented. Within the context of formal organizations, my formal organization is the college, and my conformity to this group is influenced by the rewards. I always feel that in the end, I will reap the skills and expertise needed in the labor market.
2. Street racing can be considered deviant behavior. Discuss how labeling theory, differential association theory and control theory, might explain why people engage in this activity. Be sure to address the major components of each theory.
3. Using definitions, examples, and sociological concepts, explore the idea that the U.S. class structure has recently been described as approaching a caste system.
4. Using examples of race and gender, sociologically explain what a stereotype is and how it might be used to uphold the ideals of the dominant group.