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Chapter 8 Book Notes

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Deviance, Social Control, the Justice System
Intro to Sociology 101
Dr. Gibbs
Class Notes
Introduction to Sociology
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Deviance and Control 8.1 What is Deviance? ● Deviance-​ any violation of norms ○ As minor as speeding to as major as murder ○ What is deviant to some is not deviant to others ○ Used non-judgmentally ■ Not saying an act is bad ■ But people judge it negatively ● Crime-​ the violation of rules written into law ● Stigma-​ characteristics that discredit people ○ Include violations of norms of appearance and norms of ability ■ Facial birthmarks, large noses, blindness, deafness, mental handicaps ● No human group can exist without norms ○ Norms make social life possible by making behavior predictable ○ No norms = social chaos ● Norms bring s ​ ocial order-​ a group’s customary social arrangements ● Social control-​ formal and informal means of enforcing norms ○ The center of social control → Sanctions ● Sanctions-​ expressions of approval/disapproval for conforming/breaking norms ○ Negative sanctions-​ disapproval for breaking a norm showing deviance ■ From frowns to gossip, imprisonment or death, etc ■ Most are informal ■ The ​level of a negative sanction​ you might give a person will depend on t​he norm that is being broken and your perspective ○ Positive sanctions-​ approval for conforming to norms ■ From smiles to formal awards, raises, etc ● Competing Explanations of Deviance: Sociobiology, Psychology, and Sociology ○ Biosocial Explanations ■ Sociobiologists ex ​ plain deviance as l​ ooking for answers ​within the individual ■ Assume ​genetic predispositions​ lead people to deviance ● Inborn tendencies ■ Street crime-​ mugging, rape, burglary, etc ● Men commit more violent crimes than women ○ Psychological Explanations ​ ■ Psychologists focus on ​abnormalities ​within the individual ■ Examine ​personality disorders ● The view that a personality disturbance of some kind causes an individual to violate social norms ● Deviating persons have deviating personalities ○ Subconscious motives drive people to deviance ○ Sociological Explanations ​ ■ Sociologists search for f ​ actors ​outside the individual ■ Search for social influences that “recruit” people to break norms ● Why people commit crimes → sociologists study external influences: ○ Socialization ○ Membership in subcultures ○ Social class 8.2 The Symbolic INteractionist Perspective ● Differential Association Theory- Sutherland ​ ​ ○ From the d ​ ifferent groups we a​ ssociate with, we learn to deviate from or conform to society’s norms ○ People who associate with some groups learn an “excess of definitions” of deviance ■ Increasing the likelihood that they will become deviant ○ The “different groups” we associate with- ​differential association ■ Gives us messages about deviance and conformity ● Learn to either deviate or conform ○ Families ■ Forms views towards life ■ Big area in learning deviance and conformity ■ Studies showed that of all prison inmates, about half have a direct family member who has served time in prison ● Families that are involved in crime tend to set their children on a law breaking path ○ Friends, neighbors, subcultures ■ If kids have delinquent friends → they will become delinquent ● Reason why parents move away from “bad neighborhoods” ■ Violence is woven into some subcultures ● Anything can bring violence ● Some killings are seen as honorable ○ mafia/gang killings ○ “The more awesome and potent the victim, the more worthy and meritorious the killer” (Arlacchi 1980) ○ Differential Association in the Cyber Age ■ Modern society’s prime focus is in technology ● Terrorist groups can use media to motivate people to do violence ● Media can make people conform to new trends, styles, obey norms ○ Are we prisoners of socialization? ■ We help to produce our own orientations of life ● Joining one group vs another (differential association) → we help to shape the self ● Control Theory ○ Ever feel the urge to do something that you know you shouldn’t? ○ Walter Reckless ○ Control Theory- ​ the idea that 2 control systems work against our tendencies to deviate. ■ Control systems (2) ● Inner controls ○ Internalized morality- conscious, religious principles, ideas of right and wrong ○ Fears of punishment/desire to be a “good person” ● Outer controls ○ Consists of people ■ Family, friends, police ■ Stronger bonds with society = more effective the inner controls are ■ Bonds are based on attachments, commitments, involvements, and beliefs ■ Control Theory is about ​self-control ○ Applying Control Theory ■ You go to a party where people are taking ecstasy. ■ What makes you want to try the drug: friends, the setting, curiosity ■ Inner controls-​ conscious, internal voices of your parents and teachers, fears of arrest and the danger of illegal drugs ■ Outer controls-​ a policeman looking in the direction of the party ● Labeling Theory ○ Labeling Theory- ​view that labels people are given affect their own and others’ perceptions of them ■ Leads one’s behavior into either deviance or conformity ■ Focuses on: ● The significance of reputations ● How reputations/labels help set us on paths of deviance or conformity ○ Rejecting labels: how people neutralize them ■ 5 Techniques of Neutralization ● Denial of Responsibility ○ “I am not responsible ​because…” ● Denial of Injury ○ Nobody got hurt​, I didn’t do anything wrong.” ● Denial of a Victim ○ Some see themselves as avengers. ○ “They deserved what they got.” ● Condemnation of the Condemners ○ Denying others’ right to judge them ○ “Who are ​they​ to accuse ​me​ of something?” ● Appeal to Higher Loyalties ○ Loyalty to a gang vs loyalty to the society as a whole ○ “I had to help my friends!” ■ Applying Neutralization ● 1. “I was so mad I couldn’t help myself.” ● 2. “Who really got hurt?” ● 3. “Don’t you think that person deserved that? After what they did?” ● 4. “Who are you to talk?” ● 5. “I had to help my friends!” 8.3 The Functionalist Perspective ● Deviance is functional for society- Durkheim ● Deviance contributes to social order by clarifying moral boundaries and affirms norms ○ Deviance clarifies moral boundaries and affirms norms ■ Refers to a group’s ideas about how people should think and act ■ Deviant acts challenge these boundaries ○ Deviance encourages social unity ■ Punishing deviants to affirm the group’s moral boundaries ■ Creates a feeling of “we” ○ Deviance promotes social change ■ Deviance can force a group to rethink and redefine its moral boundaries ■ Helps groups adapt to changing circumstances ● Strain Theory: How Mainstream Values Produce Deviance ○ Cultural goals-​ the objectives held out as legitimate or desirable for the members of a society to achieve. ■ Success ■ Wealth, prestige ○ Institutionalized means-​ approved ways of reaching cultural goals ■ Legitimate ways to success ■ Working hard ■ Pursuing higher education ○ Strain Theory ■ Merton ■ When a society socializes large numbers of people to desire a cultural goal (i.e. success) but withholds from some the approved means of reaching that goal. ■ The most common reaction to means and goals is ​conformity ■ People who are not able to reach their goals experience ○ 4 Deviant Paths ■ Adapts through innovation ● Innovators- people who accept the goals of society but use illegitimate means to reach them ■ Adapts through ritualism ● Start out wanting the cultural goals, but become discouraged and give up on achieving them ● Ritualists have given up on getting ahead of their work, but survive by following the rules of their jobs ■ Adapts though retreatism ● Reject both cultural goals and the institutionalized means of achieving them ● Stop pursuing success and retreat to alcohol and drugs ■ Adapts through rebellion ● Convinced that society is corrupt ● Also reject both cultural goals and the institutionalized means of achieving them ● Want to give society new goals and new ways of reaching them ● Revolutionaries ○ Strain Theory in sum ■ Strain theory says deviants are the product of society ■ Mainstream social values can produce strain (frustration/dissatisfaction ■ People who feel more strain are more likely to take deviant paths ● Illegitimate Opportunity Structures: Social Class and Crime ○ Illegitimate Opportunity-​ opportunities for crimes that are woven into the texture of life ○ White Collar Crime-​ crimes committed by people of respectable and high social status in their occupations ■ Security violations, embezzlement, false advertising ○ Corporate Crime-​ executives breaking the law to benefit their corporations ■ Fraud 8.4 The Conflict Perspective ● Criminal Justice System-​ the system of police, courts, and prisons set up to deal with people who are accused of having committed a crime ● Conflict theorists say power and social inequality as the main characteristics of society ● The criminal justice system is a tool designed by “the powerful” to maintain their power and privilege ○ Meant to stabilize the social order ○ Conflict theories say the criminal justice system as a means to oppress the poor ○ Majority of prison inmates are from the poor and working class 8.5 Reactions to Deviance ● Recidivism-​ the percentage of released convicts who are rearrested ○ Prisons do not teach people to stray from crime ● Within 3 years of release, ⅔ (68%) are rearrested ○ Half are back in prison ● Death Penalty and Bias ○ Capital punishment is the most extreme measure the state takes ■ The death penalty is not administered evenly across the states ○ Social Class ■ Half of the prisoners (52%) on death row haven’t finished high school ○ Gender ■ Almost unheard of to see a woman on death row ● 9.6% of murders ● 1.8% of prisoners on death row ○ Race-Ethnicity ■ Between 1908-1963 ● 2798 men were convicted for rape and attempted rape ● 56% whites and 44% blacks ● Rape- 41 men executed ● Attempted rape- 13 executed ○ Not one was white, all executed were black ● Official Statistics Issues ○ “Working class boys are more delinquent than middle class boys” ○ Ideas of “typical criminals” and “typical good citizens” ○ Police Direction-​ the decision to either arrest someone or ignore the situation ○ Crime statistics do not have an objective, independent existence ● Medicalization of Deviance: Mental Illness ○


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