Haneline assignment 3 week 4

Haneline assignment 3 week 4 - SOC 100 Online Principles of...

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SOC 100 Online: Principles of Sociology Week 4 Assignment For each of the following questions, use examples from each of the readings and/or videos whenever possible to support your answers. Whenever you are asked to give an example, you need to provide your own example; examples discussed in the book will not be accepted. 1. How and why do certain acts come to be defined as deviant? Does what is considered deviant change over time? Why or why not? Answers should be approximately a few sentences (2 points) An act being labelled as deviant depends on things like who is committing the act and the location of the act. A deviant act is considered such because it violates established norms in a society. What is viewed as deviance changes over time, because social norms change over time. 2. (a) In the reading by Chambliss, who were the Saints and the Roughnecks? Was either of these groups engaged in deviant activity? If so, which group(s)? (b) Choose 2 of theories of deviance that you think help to explain why these youths were deviant, and discuss how each of these theories would explain the instances of deviance among these youths. (c) Which theory do you think best explains the deviant activity in the reading by Chambliss and why? Answers should be approximately 3-4 paragraphs (6 points) The Saints and the Roughnecks were two groups of white high school boys. The Saints came from upper-middle class families and were active and involved in their school and community. The Roughnecks came from lower class families. Both groups were engaged in deviant activity, but only the Roughnecks were in constant trouble with police and their community. One theory that would help to explain why these boys acted in the deviant way they did is the power elite. The Saints were considered “good” boys by most authorities in their lives. They had a lot of influence in their community. Because of this, and according to the power elite theory,
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  • Fall '08
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  • Sociology, Saints, deviant acts, deviant activity, FBI index crimes

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