9a - Also a part of this is aligning actions : attempting...

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We all engage in some sort of deviant behavior, but we desire to maintain a positive self-image, both to ourselves and others. Most frequently we offer accounts (intended to explain) and normalize our behavior. Other times we offer neutralizations (rationalizations) to resolve the difference between what we say and what we do.
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Excuses There are two types of accounts; excuses and justifications. Excuses : individuals admit their wrongdoing, but distance themselves from the blame. Biological drives: (I couldn’t stop myself) Accidents: (I went through the carwash and forgot my windows was down) Scapegoating: (If she had given me my notes back in time to properly study, I wouldn’t have failed the test).
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Justifications Justifications: Individuals seek to give legitimate “reasons”. Often they try to legitimize their actions. Sad tales : (I beat my child because I was beaten as a child) Need for self-fulfillment (I only smoke marijuana to help me sleep and relax).
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Unformatted text preview: Also a part of this is aligning actions : attempting to bring behavior into alignment with social norms. Sykes & Matzas expansion on Sutherlands Differential Association Matza and Sykes based their theory on four basic facts seen in society. 1) Many delinquents feel or express remorse and guilt because of the criminal act. 2) Delinquents frequently show respect for those citizens who are law-abiding. 3) There is a limit to whom they victimize, they must distance themselves form their victims. 4) Delinquents can be effected by their surroundings and are susceptible to conformity. (Sykes and Matza, 1057:665) 5 Techniques of Neutralization Sykes & Matza Denial of Responsibility: It wasnt my faultI didnt mean to. -Denial of injury: It was just a joke. -Denial of the victim: they deserved it. -Condemnation of the condemners: That is an unfair law anyway. -Appeal to higher loyalties: some things are more important (friends)....
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This note was uploaded on 03/01/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 340 taught by Professor Richardfey during the Fall '10 term at ASU.

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