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SOC 2010 Chapter 6 Notes

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Lecture and Reading Notes from Chapter 6
Introduction to sociology
Mary Barr
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Date Created: 03/03/16
Chapter 6: Deviance  Sanctions: repercussions for not following norms  Deviance: action/trait that violates a norm  Behaviors categorized as “deviant” are constructed by society, and relative to other places or times  Normal in one place can be deviant somewhere else  Normal at one time can be deviant at another (ex: slavery)  Crime: deviant act against a specific law; violating means serious sanctions  Structural Functionalism (Durkheim)  Deviance helps to define norms and moral boundaries  Promotes social cohesion (unites people through shared sense of right and wrong)  Structural Strain Theory (R. Merton)  Strain from society on individuals causes rule breaking behavior  Caused by difference between society’s values and how people achieve those goals  Crime has a function; makes up for differences in wealth  Conflict Theory (Marx)  Wealth, power, and prestige affect definitions of deviance  Behaviors of elite less likely to be seen as criminal  Minorities disproportionately labeled as deviant  Rules and punishments not applies equally  Symbolic Interactionism  Everyday interactions affect social constructs  Differential Association Theory (E. Sutherland)  People learn to be deviant as a result of interacting with others  Labeling Theory (H. Becker)  Behaviors not inherently deviant, only when society labels them as deviant  Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: labels can cause people to act with deviance  Mass Incarceration  Accelerated imprisonment rate  Prison population from 300K to 2.2 million (1980-2014)  US has highest incarceration rate in the world  Systematic imprisonment of entire groups  Policing, Class, Race  Poor urban areas have higher crime rates  Police focus more on urban neighborhoods  Police providing security vs. being under constant supervision  Poorer people are more likely to end up in prison  People of color more likely to be imprisoned  Men more likely to be imprisoned  War on Drugs  People of all classes and races use and sell drugs at similar rates  War on Drugs (1970s) by government  Focused on poor urban community  Political strategy: way to get votes  Felonies for nonviolent offense  More arrests=more money for police department  Unfair Sentencing Laws  Non-violent drug offenses get harsher sentences, longer minimum sentences  1986: Congress passes 100:1 ratio between cocaine and crack  5-year sentence for 500g powder or 5g of crack  Crack is cheaper than powder but still has harsher punishment  2010: Fair Sentencing Act reduced ratio to 18:1  2012: California made ratio equal. 1:1  Racial Profiling  Using race/ethnicity to decide whether to engage in law enforcement action  Trayvon Martin was poster child  Felony Disenfranchisement  Losing right to vote as a result of committing a felony  Prison Myths (not actually true)  Harsh sentences deter people from committing crimes  Incarceration rates have paralleled crime rates  Prisons keep us safe  Types of Deviant People  Innovators: accept society’s goals but not the societal methods to get there  Ritualists: gave up hope of achieving society’s goals but still follow society’s approved methods  Retreatists: reject both societal goals and accepted ways to achieve them  Rebels: reject approved goals and methods; use new methods to achieve new goals  Social Control: mechanisms used to create conformity to social norms and values in order to promote social cohesion  Passing: presenting oneself as part of a different group than the stigmatized group you actually belong to  Deviance Avowal: individual self identifies as deviant and purposely goes out of their way to get labeled  Types of Crime  Violent Crime: murder, rape, aggravated assault, robbery  Property Crime: burglary, property theft, motor vehicle theft, arson  White Collar Crime: committed by a person with a high status in their occupation


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