Deviancy - Deviancy We all live in a society In these...

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Deviancy We all live in a society. In these societies there are specific social norms. These can vary from wearing clothes outside to not cussing in front of your elders. But within a package deal of these norms are acts of deviancy which depart from the norm. Finding people who deviate from society is in- escapable; They are all around us. Often times there are many social and en- vironmental factors that lead one to act in such ways. In this essay I will ex- plore how environmental factors, such as chaos, promote acts of deviancy in everyday lives. Harassment is often characterized by offensive, sometimes aggressive behavior towards another person. In the workforce it is not uncommon to see, or experience harassment in general and sexual forms. One many ask themselves: What exactly facilitates this bad behavior? In an article by Steven H. Lopez, he discusses that the underlying dynamics of general and sexual harassment involve “a process of social closure” (Lopez et al, 299, 2009). For example, Lopez states, “In jobs defined by their physicality, both general and sexual harassment processes are often motivated by defense of masculine job identity” (Lopez et al, 299, 2009). Physically demanding jobs such as construction work, firefighting, and assembly line work are often dominated by men. The stamina and strength of the men that do this work DEVIANCY 1
often define their amount of self-respect and is all associated with the idea of ‘manliness.’ Once a woman is hired it is expected, but not appropriate, that she becomes the butt of many sexually degrading jokes by her male cowork- ers. The woman’s vulnerability allows for men to take advantage as they de- fend their masculine identities. Also, by putting a woman down they are en- abling themselves to be in a higher position and make more advancements in their career (Lopez et al, 297, 2009). In addition, general harassment is common amongst organizations that have chaos in the workplace such as “ambiguity, weak supervisors, and mismanagement” (Lopez et al, 289, 2009). Without rules, clear protocol, and proper advisory it leaves employees in a disarray. This causes job insecurity within the workers of structurally or socially weak positions. They begin to create a “shortened shadow of the fu- ture” which Lopez defines as a point “under which people feel less con- strained to act civilly because of reduced expectations” (Lopez et al, 288, 2009). This allows those employees to act out due to the diminished conse- quences of their actions. Rude and aggressive behavior is a sad, but common occurrence in the work force due to a frequent need for workers to protect their identities as employees. This social deviancy is caused from generally

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