Common examples of informal social control methods include criticism, disapproval, ridicule, sarcasm and shame. Exclusion and discrimination are considered severe types of informal social control. More »

There are a number of social phenomena, especially in business settings; good examples include the Hawthorne effect, butterfly effect and John Henry effect. Socialists normally analyze social phenomena from different per... More »

Racism, violence in schools, drug abuse, unemployment, hunger and unfair labor conditions are examples of social issues in the United States. Typically, social issues result from factors beyond an individual's control an... More »

Agents of social control are individuals, groups and organizations that encourage other people to conform to social norms. Such agents include family, schools, the government and the media. More »

Travis Hirschi's social control theory of juvenile delinquency stated that delinquent behavior was caused by a lack of social attachments. Later, he modified his ideas and proposed the self-control theory of crime, which... More »

The most common elements of a satire are irony, sarcasm and ridicule. Satires use verse and prose to scorn, criticize or denounce human folly and vice. More »

Social criticism appears in many media, with art, music, literature and academics often being the most conspicuous sources. Among the most famous literary works of social criticism are George Orwell's "Animal Farm," Char... More »