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Role Of Law In Social Control

Sahithi Karibandi, Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University.*


The most significant formal tool for social control is the law. Early cultures relied on informal social control, but as societies developed in size and complexity, they were forced to formulate rules and regulations that defined the required patterns of behaviour and specified the consequences that would be inflicted on those who disobeyed them. A body of rules issued by legally sanctioned entities and enforced by sanctioned authorities is known as law. It clearly defines rights, responsibilities, and the consequences of violating them. The scale of modern society is enormous. They have a complicated structure that includes a variety of groups, organizations, institutions, and entrenched interests. To sustain social order and peace, informal measures of social control are no longer sufficient. Relationships in modern culture are of a secondary character. Formalization of norms is required for the protection of life and property, as well as the orderly ordering of interactions. In this sense, law has a significant impact on people's conduct in modern cultures. The term "social control" refers to the set of norms that should be obeyed by all members of a society. Some of the standards of conduct fall under the category of good manners as defined by the culture. As such, they characterize socially acceptable but not necessarily obligatory behaviour. Other rules of behaviour are mandatory and are enacted through legislation.

Keywords: Society, Social control, Law, Culture, Norms, Social peace, Order and Acts.


* First Year, Law Student pursuing B.A. LL.B.(Hons.)from Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University.

Role Of Law In Social Control
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Journal Details
Abbreviation: NLR 

ISSN:   2582-8479 (O)

Year of Starting: 2020

Place: New Delhi, India

Accessibility: Open Access

Peer Reviewer: Double Blind



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