Sudha Chavda. Hillingdon
Part 3

The control of deviance

Most of the immigrants came from remote rural areas where the progress of education and economic development were slowest and the old traditions strongest. They brought with them some attitudes that were common to rural communities. They were usually pre-literate, pre-scientific and pre-industrial. They tended to rely exclusively on oral traditions. The authority of elders was one controlling force. The father had the authority and power over children in their economic and intellectual dependence. Peer-group scrutiny and criticism was another means of social control. 'Gossip' was unrelenting and harsh… Facts about people were unconsciously or maliciously distorted. Relatives and neighbours were quick to believe the worst and motives were always in question. It seemed there was the mentality of mutual distrust e.g. the man, who was blessed with strong sons, or good health provoked envy and suspicion that somehow or other he had contrived to gain these blessings at someone else's expense. And anyone who was failing to prosper or suffer illness or infertility attributed these to their past deeds or witchcraft. Another characteristic noticed in such culture was the attitude to time. Punctuality and strict obedience to the clock were less important. They believed the changes in life were coming from mystical forces, like fate, luck, witchcraft or simply acts of God.

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