1949 Social Control Theory Film – Laws, Morals & ...

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This educational video discusses the three methods of social control in 1950's United States: American customs (what we usually do), American morals (what we should do), and American law (what we must do). A group of teenagers serve as a microcosm of society, with the parents as the governmental authority. The story is about the group and how their teen curfews are causing difficulty at work (they work at the "Teen Canteen") and at home. The adults are ready to give parenting tips about curfew that mirror American laws. The teenage behavior is pretty tame by today's standards, and it's interesting to see how different parenting and parenting resources were in the fifties. To get to the heart of the matter, the teens and the adults responsible for them have a discussion and decide together what to do about this teenage behavior problem. The youngsters make the right choice, falling in line with their parents' wishes and social conformity in general. This film is an excellent examination of social control theory and how it was perceived and presented in the 1950's.

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