Sociology Lecture Notes - October 9, 2006

Sociology Lecture Notes - October 9, 2006 - Functionalist...

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Functionalist Perspectives According to the functionalist view, deviance is a normal part of human existence. Functionalists suggest deviance helps to define the limits of proper behavior. Emile Durkheim – Deviance is functional for society o Clarifies Moral Boundaries and Affirms Norms o Promotes Social Unity o Promotes Social Change Robert Merton – Strain Theory (anomie theory of deviance) Anomie – Durkheim’s term for the loss of direction felt in a Primary Deviance – Where the individual commits deviant acts but does not adopt the primary self-identity as a deviant. (label applied) (child taking candy from a store, does not consider themselves to be deviant) Secondary Deviance – where the individual commits deviant acts and although recognizing that these acts are socially defined as deviant remains committed to continue them. This results in the adoption of a deviant self identity that confirms and stabilizes the deviant life style. Label accepted/ enforced. (drug dealers) Tertiary Deviance – where the act is no longer seen as deviant by the person (label rejected/ transformed) Coyote – call off your old tired ethics WorldNetDaily recently published a story on the committee for children, a sex education group, that publishes “Talking About Touching.” The committee is the latest evolution of COYOTE. The “Talking About Touching” program has been
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