Abstract 15:42-67

Odrowąż-Coates, Anna (2014) The mechanisms of social control in the dominant socialization model in Saudi Arabia. "Normy, Dewiacje i Kontrola Społeczna" 15: 42-67.



The paper is based on the results of two-year own field ethnographic studies carried out in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (2010–2012). The author stayed there for a long time, which helped her immerse into the cultural space of this modern yet sharia law absolute monarchy. The paper discusses the elements of formal and informal social control elements relevant for shaping children’s attitudes in the course of socialization process.The analysis concerns primarily the internalization by socialized individuals of socially desirable patterns and the development of their internal social control mechanisms, expressed in their profound conviction that cultural norms shared with the whole society are legitimate. The discussion covers mechanisms used for conformism, supervision, discipline and punishment, as observable in the contemporary Saudi society. Moreover, the paper outlines the issues of ritualistic religiousness and the impact of religious ideology on applicable norms and cultural customs.



norms, social control, socialization, system reproduction, culture