informal sanction (informal social sanction)

(noun) A sanction that is not enforced or punished by an authority but that occurs in everyday interactions with other people.

Example: When one patron asks another patron to lower their voice in a movie theater.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: informal sanctions
  • The terms informal sanction and informal social sanction are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
  • Sociologists study four primary types of sanctions: formal sanctions,  informal sanctions, negative sanctions, and positive sanctions.

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  • Informal sanctions are not clearly defined and can be applied by any member of a group (such as frowning at someone or making a a negative comment or gesture” (Kendall 2006:56).

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Reference

Kendall, Diane. 2006. Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials. 5th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

 

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How to Cite the Definition of Informal Sanction

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “informal sanction.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 14, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/informal-sanction/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

informal sanction. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/informal-sanction/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “informal sanction.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 14, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/informal-sanction/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“informal sanction.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 14 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/informal-sanction/>.