Means of Social Control

Means of Social Control

Means of Social Control

Means of Social Control

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"In 1899 I began to write out a textbook of sociology, says Professor Sumner in the preface to his "Folkways," "from material which I had used in lectures during the previous ten or fifteen years. At a certain point in that undertaking I found that I wanted to introduce my own treatment of the 'mores.' I could not refer to it anywhere in print, and I could not do justice to it in a chapter of another book. I therefore turned aside to write a treatise on the 'Folkways' which I now offer."

This paragraph presents my own situation exactly--the years excepted. Two or more years ago I began work on a textbook dealing with the social order and its maintenance. I found before going very far that I wanted to introduce my own treatment of a number of "means of control." I could not refer to it anywhere in print, and I could not do justice to it in a chapter or two. I therefore turned aside to write out a description of some control-devices, which I now offer.

Let it be clearly understood at the beginning that each chapter title really reads, "Rewards as a Means of Social Control," "Praise as a Means of Social Control," "Flattery as a Means," etc.

The study is for students and the general reader. It will not contain much of interest and certainly nothing new for the scholar. In consequence, I have not been scrupulously careful to include the latest word in technical terminology. I would rather not have readers get hung up on new terms, strange terms, which often remain but terms. Hence I have gone along with the usual language in order that the reader may forget the medium and attend . . .

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