Week 7, Class Notes, Deviance and Social Control

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Week 7, Class Notes, Deviance and Social Control Kinds of social control : Physical violence or threat of violence Economic pressure Persuasion Ridicule, gossip Opprobrium Medicalization Structured compliance is a form of persuasion. Deviance : behavior that is recognized as violating certain norms and rules Stress social context, not individual behavior Deviance is different for different groups Deviance is socially constructed because norms and rules are socially constructed Deviance often implies something negative. We tend to think of things like shoplifting, murder, drug use, prostitution. However, there are examples of deviance or being different that aren’t considered negative in the same way. High achievers and geniuses often cast into deviant categories. The common negative connotation, however, implies negative value judgments. They assume a person’s behavior needs to be changed. People assume that by insisting certain people in our society should change their behavior we could get rid of deviance and control it. Basically, this
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 101 taught by Professor Clarke during the Fall '08 term at Rutgers.

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