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Sociology 111 11/06/2007 Liddy Hope Deviant Act Imagine this: you are walking to class at St. John’s, open the front doors to the Quad, and remember that your class is on Quad 4. What do you do? Do you climb the seemingly endless stairs? Or do you opt for the easy way out and take the elevator? Let’s say you were up late writing a paper due for Sociology, so you are extremely tired and decide to take the elevator. You enter the elevator along with several other students who have class on the 3 rd or 4 th floor, or at least that is what you assume. One student pushes the button for the 3 rd floor and another pushes the button for the 4 th floor, nothing out of the ordinary. Then something happens that really gets on your nerves: a student pushes the button for the 1 st floor. This was my deviant act. I was the student who took the elevator to the 1 st floor of the Quad shortly before a class period. The social norm in this case is a social norm specifically held at CSB and SJU. I have heard students mention how annoying it is when someone takes the elevator to Quad 2 before class, so I wanted to see what reactions I would get by taking the elevator to Quad 1 shortly before class. The norm is to take the elevator to the 3 rd or 4 th floor, but I violated that norm by taking the elevator to the 1 st floor. I decided to perform the deviant act about 5-10 minutes before a class period because I figured that would be approximately the peak time of elevator use. I found a friend to perform the experiment with me as an observer so I could find out the reactions of the students after I exited the elevator.
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