What makes their laws better than your own? Religion exerts a profound influence on all societies and many of the world's peoples. The conservative roles of religion in perpetuating social and cultural values are often ignored. From establishing the framework of social conduct, to setting out the guidelines on how everyday life will be carried out by the individual, and the group, religion is undeniably one of the most powerful forces in human history. In its infancy, human civilisation was no different. There are numerous folkways, modes and customs prevalent in society. The Role of Religion in Social Control. This paper seeks to correct such mistake and to present religion as a veritable platform for socialization and social control. 5. Milot, A. S., Ludden, A. Psycholog-ically it functions, as we have seen, to universalize values and make them absolute, so that they come into the consciousness of the individual in the intensest way. Social control provides social sanction to the social ways of behavior. Rulers ascended to positions of power, and created laws for all their people to follow. RELIGION AND SOCIAL CONTROL 339 control, that is, of the group controlling the life of the indi-vidual for the good of the larger life of the group. Throughout history, it has proven to be the primary force for social progress, motivating individuals to develop spiritual Thus, social control provides sanction to social norms. Crime and Delinquency, 64, 1458-1488. B. Tell a young child that they must not do something, and the inevitable response is 'Why?' "Religion," Bahá'u'lláh states, "is the greatest of all means for the establishment of order in the world and for the peaceful contentment of all that dwell therein." The role of religion in defining and being affected by morality and social control is presented next. Every individual has to follow them. Examining the antiascetic hypothesis through social control theory: Delinquency, religion, and reciprocation across the early life course. Religion as a tool for social control June 7, 2011 Epiphenom Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! But why should they be obeyed? If an individual violets the social norms, he is compelled through social control to observe than. Google Scholar | SAGE Journals | ISI. The role of religion in predicting adolescent alcohol use and problem drinking. Above all, Durkheim believed that religion is about community: it binds people together (social cohesion), promotes behaviour consistency (social control), and offers strength for people during life’s transitions and tragedies (meaning and purpose). The effects of religious belief over social behavior, and especially its role in control, are many and varied. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 62, 696-705. Authority.