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Week 0 What is Deviance? .
Questions to Consider How it was or is constructed as deviant (social construction of deviance)? In other words, how is it labeled as deviant in the first place? How it is experienced by the deviant themselves? How society evaluates this deviance, or what segments of society pay particular attention to this kind of deviance?
Week 1 Deviance Tree The Act or Condition o Norms + Norm Violation o Attitudes, Beliefs, Conditions o Conflict (norm violation is relative) Labels o Labels applied (Becker) o Moral Entrepreneurs (Becker) o Stigma (Goffman) Central Ideas for Tuesday’s Lecture The deviant exists because he/she is labeled as a deviant (Becker, Outsiders; Fish) One process by which deviance is identified and marked for intervention is through the work of moral entrepreneurs (Becker, Moral Entrepreneurs) Howard Becker: Outsiders Foundation of labeling theory “Social groups constitute deviance by making rules whose infractions constitute deviance, and by applying those rules to particular people and labeling them as outsiders.” A closer look at definitions of deviance o Statistical deviations from the norm (Becker says this is too simple) o Something pathological or a disease (Becker asks what is or who defines “pathology” or “health”)
Moral Entrepreneurs: Becker Rule Creators o Assert some evil must be addressed o Often possess social power o Interlopers Rule Enforcers o More detached o Need to justify their existence and gain respect of those they work with Glassner: Fear, the Media, and Constructions of Deviance “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” -Alfred Hitchcock “One of the paradoxes of a culture of fear is that serious problems remain widely ignored even though they give rise to precisely the dangers that the populace most abhors.” Central Ideas for Thursday’s Lecture •People who feel they possess an undesirable or deviant trait experience stigma, and have ways to manage this (Goffman) •In studying deviance, we have tended to focus on “nuts, sluts, and preverts”, rather than the harms caused by institutions and powerful people (Laizos).

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