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Soc 0471- Weeks 1-3 Lecture Notes

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Soc 0471- Weeks 1-3 Lecture Notes SOC 0471

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Date Created: 01/20/16
Deviance and Social Control SOC 0471 Dan Romesberg TA: Ms. Langman January 6, 2016  The network of deviance  Murder rates have gone down, but coverage on local news has increased o Causes people to get scared  Leads to people buying guns to protect themselves  NIMBY: response to mental institutions o Not in my back yard  Want to help, but don’t want it anywhere near there  Why are people doing what they’re doing? o ASK THEM! o Guided their behavior, was the meaning they have to the situation o People are not lab rats  Have to give stimulus in their environment meaning Philosophical Neighborhoods among sociologists of Deviance  Positivist: Takes a causal approach, scientific approach  Social Constructionist: Take a non-causal approach Deviance is a label Who gets to do this labeling? Who has the kind of power to label other people as deviant and have that label stick? January 11, 2016  Deviant- anyone who deviates from expected patterns of action o Example: overachievers could in some context be considered deviant  Anyone who violates norms of territoriality o Example: how people stand in elevators  Experiment – took graduate students and put him in an elevator and covered his face with his hands  Other grad student observed people  Thio: There are 2 types of deviance o Lower-consensus deviance  Not a strong agreement that this really is deviance  Example: punk rockers, pot heads, politicians, Wal-Mart o Higher-consensus deviance  A strong agreement that this is deviance  Murder, robbery - Robert Merton  Founding fathers of the sociology of deviance  Talked about norms- rules of conduct o Folkways  Customs or habits  Example: keeping encounters on the street short and sweet o Mores  Stronger expectations about appropriate behavior  Penalties for violation are more severe  Example: sneezing in a salad bar that you are going to eat out of Deviance and Social Control SOC 0471 Dan Romesberg TA: Ms. Langman o Laws  Most severe penalties for violation - Howard Becker o No act is inherently deviant th January 13 , 2016  Howard Becker o No act is inherently deviant (??) o The Labeling Theory  Example: Joan of Arc French Context o Joan’s actions mean that she is a saint British Concept o Joan’s actions means she is a witch  The Marxist perspective o Very critical of “mainstream” deviance research  The deviant acts of powerful people, groups, corporations, etc, are usually “of the radar screen”  Sociology of knowledge o Basic principles  Knowledge is a social product  Therefore, we have to ask, what are the social factors that influence the production of knowledge o Perspectives of Knowledge  Conventional (Surface- Known Facts)  Unknown facts about the real world- these facts are buried/covered  Sociology of knowledge: Why are we looking here, as opposed to elsewhere? o Radical S of K: After discovering the facts, how did we decide what they mean?  Research tradition o Views about what’s important in the world and how to study these things o A scientists research tradition is an important social factor in the production of knowledge o Two great research traditions  Positivism  Social Constructionism January 20 , 2016 (finishing chapter 1)  Research Tradition o Views about what is important in the world, and how to study these things o A scientist’s research tradition is an important social factor in the production of knowledge o TWO GREAT RESEARCH TRADITIONS  Positivism  Social Constructionism o Positivist Perspective of Deviance  1. Absolutism: Deviance is real Deviance and Social Control SOC 0471 Dan Romesberg TA: Ms. Langman  2. Objectivism: Deviance is an objective, observable fact  3. Determinism: Deviance is caused by something  Something influences our choices  Cannot simply choose to do something  August Comte: Gave sociology its name (French man)  Circa 1850- did his best research and writing  A “big time” positivist  “Sociology” or “Social Physics”? o Dot  multiple dots o Constructionist Perspective of Deviance  1. Relativism: Deviance is a label th  Lady singing to herself on 5 ave vs. western psych o Same behavior, diferent labels  2. Subjectivism: Deviance is a subjective experience  Impossible to study those who are labeled as deviant in the natural sciences  Cant study people the way you study objects in the natural sciences o Important diferences between human beings and lab rats  Human beings have to give meaning to their situation and then they act  3. Voluntarism : That deviance really is a voluntary act  Something that people choose to do through exercising their “free will”  A “non-causal” approach o Say deviance is not caused by something o Stop looking for causes- people may experience things, may be influenced by things and have to give those things meaning o Stimulus  organism  Response    o Deviant behavior Definition by Alex Thio o Thio- Two Kinds of Deviance  High Consensus: usually studied by Positivists  Low Consensus: Usually studied by Constructionists (Chapter 2)  Positivist Theories of Deviance o Anomie- Strain Theory  Robert Merton formulated these ideas (1938)  Anomie – Means a feeling of powerlessness or normlessness  Society may encourage us to be deviant  o Psychoanalytic Theory of Deviance  Father of Psychoanalysis- Sigmund Freud  Everybody is born- with certain selfish desires to pursue pleasures or do whatever they want to do without regard for the wishes of society  Selfish desire- called Id o Freud recognized- society is not possible if everyone is doing what they want to do  Society teaches us to control our desires Deviance and Social Control SOC 0471 Dan Romesberg TA: Ms. Langman  Super-ego o Little voice that says don’t do that  Society discourages us to be deviant


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