WK4_SOC2460_SP11

WK4_SOC2460_SP11 - SOC 2460 Drugs and Society Spring 2011...

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SOC 2460: Drugs and Society Spring, 2011 Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30-3:20, 253 Malott Hall Discussion Sections on Fridays (1) 2:30PM-3:20PM MCG 125 (2) 2:30PM-3:20PM MRL 111 (3) 1:25PM-2:15PM MRL 111 (4) 10:10AM-11:00AM MCG 125 Instructor: Douglas Heckathorn, Professor of Sociology 344 Uris Hall 255 4368 255-4368 E-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: Fridays 1:30 to 3:30 or by appointment Teaching Assistants Teaching Assistants: Patrick Park Kyle Albert
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First Reaction Paper Due February 25 th (Friday) Paper Option 1: •S e l e c t a s o c i o l o g i c a l t h e o r y o f d r u g u s e f r o m t h e c o u r s e m a t e r i a l s and apply it to an "empirical" case of your own choosing. – Any case relating to the theme "Drugs and Society" may be used. Any case relating to the theme Drugs and Society may be used. (Please do not write about your own drug experiences) •Y o u r p a p e r s h o u l d b e s t r u c t u r e d a s f o l l o w s : –P a g e 1 : S umm a r i z e t h e c a s e ( L e s s t h a n 1 p a g e i s o k ) Page 2&3: Summarize the theory – Page 2&3: Summarize the theory –D e f i n e K e y C o n c e p t s –I d e n t i f y C a u s a l M e c h a n i sm s – Page 4&5: Use the theory to explain what happens in the case –N o t e w h e r e t h e o r y i s m o s t a n d l e a s t h e l p f u l i n e x p l a i n i n g t h e c a s e Paper Option 2: •I f y o u a l r e a d y h a v e a n i d e a f o r a p a p e r y o u w o u l d l i k e t o w r i t e , discuss it with your TA 2
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Social Norms versus Laws •T w o s y s t e m s o f s o c i a l c o n t r o l i n t e r a c t Social norms— informal standards of conduct imposed by peers These exist in all societies and all groups –L a w s e x i s t o n l y i n p o l i t i c a l l y o r g a n i z e d s o c i e t i e s –S t a t e m a i n t a i n s m o n o p o l y o f l e g i t i m a t e m e a n s o f v i o l e n c e As societies grow (population > 1 200) norms become As societies grow (population > 1,200), norms become insufficient t a t e i n v o l v e s a d i v i s i o n o f l a b o r , i n w h i c h s p e c i a l i s t s i n s o c i a l control emerge In some systems, the sovereign can use power arbitrarily, e.g., in Hawaiian kingdom, king could point to order that property be seized or that a person be executed In modern states state violence is governed by laws i e clear In modern states, state violence is governed by laws, i.e., clear and public statements of the conditions under which the state will use its coercive power –I n W e s t e r n l a w , r u l e o f l a w is traced to the Magna Carta of 1215; which protected even peasants against the king unless 3 1215; which protected even peasants against the king, unless a law was broken –T h i s p r i n c i p l e , habeas corpus is now disputed, due to the war on terror
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Social Norms versus Laws •T r a d i t i o n a l a p p r o a c h t o u n d e r s t a n d i n g l a w s c o m e s f r o m functionalism •L a w i s a d u a l i n s t i t u t i o n a l i z a t i o n t h a t e x p r e s s e s a m o r a l
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