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Sociology Midterm Study Guide

by: Rachael Carrington

Sociology Midterm Study Guide SOCY 1004

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Deviance in U.S. Society
Stephanie Bonnes
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Date Created: 10/11/16
Deviance in U.S. Society Study Guide – Midterm 1 Norm: culturally defined standard or rule of contact (informal understandings that govern  behavior) Prescriptive vs Proscriptive:  Prescriptive = societal encouragement (recycling, holding doors open)  Proscriptive = societal discouragement (murder, talking in a movie theatre) Deviance: behavior, beliefs, or characteristics that violate or depart from a basic norm, likely to  generate negative reactions *relative to who, where, what, and when  ABC’s: o Attitudes = unpopular or unconventional beliefs that may or may not manifest  themselves in overt actions o Behavior = any overt action (which includes failure to act) that is likely to attract  condemnation, hostility, or punishment o Conditions = physical characteristics or traits that make someone a target of an  audiences disapproval, avoidance, or other  negative social reactions Societal Deviance:  Includes actions and conditions that are widely recognized to be generally deviant Situational Deviance:  Manifests in actual concrete social circles Critical Perspective:  Deviance based on socio, economic, political, statuses, behaviors or conditions not  inherently deviant  Established by those in power (in order to maintain it and enhance it) Sanctions: rewards and punishments intended to ensure conformity to cultural guidelines Social Control: sum of sanctions in society by means of which conformity to cultural guidelines is ensured  Formal vs Informal: o Formal: primarily takes place in large, complex societies, utilization of large,  institutional agencies for conformity o Informal: takes place in interpersonal interactions enforced by non­officials,  consequences not as powerful as formal Social Construction of Deviance:   Looks at how deviance is defined, conceptualized, and represented  Why rules exist, their consequences, their enforcement Theoretical Perspectives:   Functionalism:  o Deviance is normal, needs balance, has function o Shows how social institutions help to maintain social order o Adheres to consensus paradigm (broad agreement of what is right/wrong) o Functionality and Crime:  Crime is normal and serves a purpose  Durkheim Crime:  Clarifies moral boundaries and norms  Provides social unity  Causes social change in society  Some crimes are socially accepted and some are out of bounds  Goffman’s Tribal Stigma: deviance is already ascribed to an individual or group based  on race, religion, or culture  Relativism: we must understand deviant constructions and acts are relative to specific  times, locations, and social groups  Essentialism: object, deviance is specific and concrete  Constructionism: looks at surrounding factors, looks at how deviance is defined,  conceptualized and represented  Conflict Theory: when one group benefits at the expense of others, focuses on  criminalization process  Labeling Theory: deviance occurs because certain behaviors are defined as deviant,  looks at what happens once you have a deviant label on you Creation of Deviance: moral entrepreneurs, rule creators, and enforcers  Moral Panics: threat to society depicted, media turns it into a feeding frenzy o Characterization: identification and targeting of distinct deviant population,  emergence of an “innocent” victim population, emergence of brave hero,  existence of a substantial threat to established norms o Construction: presentation of opinion as fact, value loaded terminology,  anonymous or selected sources, stripping fact from context, linking to other  problems o Why: media economic interest, governments wish to focus our attention on a  mutually agreed upon issue, career advancement, etc. Stigma:   Mark of disgrace, a stain or reproach on one’s reputation  Phenomenon whereby an individual w/ an attribute which is deeply discredited by his/her society is rejected as a result of the attribute  Process by which the reaction of others spoils normal identity  Master Status: social position that is the primary identifying characteristics of an  individual *Review Erving Goffman and Forms of Social Stigma Crime and Deviance:  Instrumental: Crimes committed for material gain  Expressive: Not committed for material gain, expressions of emotion  Reporting Crime: o Uniformed Crime Reports (UCR) = only reports the most serious offenses known  to police (murder, forcible rape, robbery, etc.) o Supplemental Homicide Reports (SHR) = in depth info concerning all of the  homicides that have taken place o Advantages to both: comparisons can be made, consistence/reliability, SHR gives  details o Disadvantages to both: unreported crimes not covered, crimes excluded, some  don’t lead to arrest, bias, non­reporting o Victimization Survey:  Advantages: consistency, not filtered by police, not dependent on  reporting  Disadvantages: some offenses not reported, memory, perception, info on  offenders limited o Self­Report Survey:   Advantages: don’t depend on victim to report, allow detailed info about  offender, research design  Potential Problems: underreporting, lying, forgetting, under­represents  serious crime  Drugs and Deviance: o Common Causes = low self­control, inability to delay gratification, overly  developed patterns of pleasure seeking, taste for risk o Do Drugs Cause Deviance?  Pharmacological Model  Economic­Compulsive Model  Systematic Violence Model  Relationship to American Norms: responsibility, conventionality,  participation – all stigmatize drug use Sex and Deviance  Gender Socialization: A set of ideas about what constitutes appropriate masculine and  feminine roles and behavior  “Doing Gender” Theories of Deviance and Crime  Motivational Theories: identify social factors that drive people to commit deviance and  crime  Constraint Theories: identify social factors that encourage conformity  Conflict Theories: suggests that those in power create criminals in order to control  threatening populations  Empiricism: world is observable and can be known through our senses that give us  impressions on the way things are  Objectivism: social phenomena have a “realness” to them, common themes and patterns  Determinism: why do we do what we do, world works in cause and effect   Control Theory: we are all capable of deviance/crime so why don’t most offend? o Control prevents us from engaging in these acts  Humans seek gratification  Humans will minimize pain and punishment  Hirschi: Social Bond Theory o Delinquent acts result when an individual’s bond to society is weak or broken o Variation in control o Social bond: adolescent’s relationship to society  1. Attachment = to conventional others   2. Commitment = to conventional lines of action  3. Involvement = in conventional activities  4. Belief= in conventional norms  “Self­Control Theory” Gottfredson and Hirschi (1990) o Departure from Hirschi’s original thinking o Low­levels of self­control within the individual influence criminal behavior o Social experiences early in life shape one’s level of self­control o Levels of self­control do NOT change throughout life – source of controversy o If one possesses high self­control, they will defer immediate gratification o Low self­control is associated with criminality or the propensity to offend:  Impulsive  Insensitive  Risk­taking  Short­sighted  Non­verbal  Physical Activity  Rational Choice and Deterrence Theory o Offenders seek to benefit themselves by their criminal behavior o Classical perspective implies a rational choice  Weighing the costs and benefits of interaction o Specific Deterrence: Punishment reduces crime for those people who are punished o General Deterrence: asks whether punishing offenders may deter non­offenders  from committing similar acts Other Materials to Review: ­Discussion Questions on D2L ­Past readings that have been mentioned in lecture ­Journals


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