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Rational choice theory – Actors weigh the pros and cons and rationally decide what will benefit them. Actors also limited by their knowledge of the choices and consequences. Author notes that gang members are limited by whether or not the gang will let them chose. pathology – Deviance that involves individuals acting out of a particular psychological need without the support of traditionally defined subcultures. The term also infers widespread disapproval of the act and is seen as far beyond normative boundaries as to be “sick”. peer debriefing – When you take your research to another researcher and see if it’s accurate. snowball sampling - When an informant suggests or recruits future participants and so on. othering – How one social movement want to separate themselves from a different social movement. EX. You are gross (but I’m not). EX: Gay movement separates themselves from NAMBLA. Keeping others down, while keeping yourself up. Self injurers: How does being a self injurer different from engaging in deviance as part of a subculture or counterculture? 1. Don’t want a group, want to be left alone and deal with it alone. 2. Very secretive and didn’t want other people to know about it. 3. Deterrent from being in a group. 4. Drift in & out. 5. Justifying was difficult. No clear reasons or justifications why. 6. No one to learn from within a group to help them cut & harm. 7. Feel bad about self. How are their accounts similar or different to the convicted rapists? DIFFERENT – 1. Easier for justification for rapists by pulling from culture norms. 2. Label sticks to rapists. SIMILAR – 1. Don’t want a group. The anorexic or bulimic women? SIMILAR – 1. A way to control things in life 2. Both engage in “passing” by trying to pass as normals and hide deviant behavior. DIFFERENT – Bulimics & Anorexics have more of an environment to rationalize behavior Punks and Pretenders: Does the author argue that punk is a subculture or counterculture? – Counterculture, because they want to take down “the man”. What types of cultural capital did the punks utilize? Dress, knowledge, take on lifestyle and ideology, no job, anti-the-man What types of props? Tatoos, clothing, music What were the four types of actors at the club? Hardcore punks, softcore punks, preppie punks, and spectators. In what way did they fit into a hierarchy? Soft-core – seen as committed but no guarantee will always be punk. Preppie Punks – in college, like dress-up for weekends, not living the ideal, the other punks viewed them with contempt. Real punks saw them as wanna-bes, not the real deal. Spectators - Weren’t trying to do anything. Just hang out with punks, punks indifferent towards them. Hardcore punks – no job, anti-the-man, knowledge on it, how they can live by it. Which groups were cynical actors?
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course SOCIOLOGY 206 taught by Professor Bloch during the Fall '07 term at N.C. State.

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