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TRADITIONAL METHODS OF SOCIAL CONTROL IN AFIKPO NORTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, EBONYI STATE SOUTH EASTERN NIGERIA
Journal of Religion and Human Relations (2015)
  • Blessing Onyima, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka Nigeria
Abstract
This paper examined the traditional
social control mechanisms in Afikpo North LGA of Ebonyi
state, south eastern Nigeria. The rising trend in extraneous crimes and vices like kidnapping,
baby factories, drug peddling among others seem to be overwhelming for modern social control
mechanisms.
This has lent credence to myriads of scholarly suggestions targeted towards making
the south eastern Nigerian region a sane society. These suggestions are community policing, use
of community vigilante and calls to integrating traditional and modern social
control
mechanisms. This study employed I86 structured questionnaires and the in
-
depth interview guide
as instruments for data collection anchored on the social bond theory. The researcher made use
of descriptive statistics to analyze the questionnaires,
the frequency tables and simple percentage
was used in presenting and interpreting the quantitative data. The data was also processed using
the SPSS, for detailed analysis of the questionnaire. The qualitative data from the in
-
depth
interview was analyzed
using the manual thematic content analysis. The study found two groups
of effective traditional social control methods (human and non
-
human traditional social control
methods) used to ensure social cohesiveness, order and peaceful inter
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human relations in
Afikpo
North LGA of Ebonyi state. Study respondents expressed preference for human
-
oriented/managed traditional social control over non
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human methods. The study therefore
recommends systematic integration of modern and traditional social control methods fo
r holistic
effectiveness of both agents of social control in Nigeria
Keywords
  • social control,
  • traditional social control,
  • deviance,
  • social bond,
  • crimes
Publication Date
June 10, 2015
DOI
http://www.ajol.info/index.php/jrhr/article/view/119682/109142
Citation Information
Blessing Onyima. "TRADITIONAL METHODS OF SOCIAL CONTROL IN AFIKPO NORTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, EBONYI STATE SOUTH EASTERN NIGERIA" Journal of Religion and Human Relations Vol. 7 Iss. 2 (2015) p. 121 - 140 ISSN: ISSN: 2006-5442
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/blessing-onyima/3/