Sociology 217 week 2

Sociology 217 week 2 - Deviant behavior Norms guidelines...

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Deviant behavior Norms – guidelines for behavior, shared beliefs about how you should behave High consensus norms – widespread/believed by majority Ex. Don’t kill other people Low consensus norms – conflict/disagreement over norm is violation of this norm deviant? Ex. Smoking weed, homosexuality People who control the media control perceptions of “reality” Deviance changes from culture to culture and over time Deviant behavior depends on the situation may not be deviant elsewhere 3 categories of research on rule-breaking Experiment – compromises external validity Used by psychologists Survey research – most common method for sociologists Question structure is important Random sampling Hired hands – lead to inaccurate information Provides structured responses that are easily quantifiable Problematic for research on people breaking the rules does not describe behavior, but articles and statements based on ideas about behaviors Difficult to ask people about deviant behavior will not get accurate information Observation – constructionists approach
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Nonparticipant observation – sit idly, no manipulation or input. Watch in natural setting answers how but not really why Participant Observation – objective is to become a well socialized member at a society. Problems with participant observation Forget they are observers and throw themselves fully into the group become a member. Dangers- of being discovered, caught doing deviance
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This note was uploaded on 05/07/2008 for the course SOCI 217 taught by Professor Sanders during the Spring '08 term at UConn.

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