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Adam Mohamed 11/26/07 Expository Writing 101 Controversy and Behavior Controversy. Now that is a term that one can associate with the questions of the cause of behavior. It can most likely argued that behavior is a result of interpersonal relationships, as well as many other contributing factors. According to Malcolm Gladwell’s in “The Power of Context: Bernie Goetz and the Rise and Fall of New York City Crime”, he brings up the idea that constant exposure to a certain negative characteristic, both in physical surroundings and personal relationships can influence a person’s behavior. James C. Scott’s prevents a similar idea in his work, “Behind the Official Story”. He describes his idea of the hidden and public transcripts. He says that these transcripts are a response to one’s external elements, and that people behave according to their surroundings and circumstances. Providing evidence to both Scott and Gladwell, in Susan Faludi’s work, “The Naked Citadel”, she exposes the story of the infamous Citadel, a school whose primary role is to “make men out of boys”. Faludi proves that although The Citadel is a school that emphasizes orderliness; behind closed doors the boys use violence, a common practice within the school, in order to achieve power and commit to tradition against their peers in the form of hazing. The above authors as whole, would most likely agree that human behavior is influenced by experiences and surroundings. One can conclude from the situation in Faludi’s work and the concepts brought up by Scott and Gladwell that people behave in a certain manner is derived from the situations in which they are in. Beginning with Gladwell, it is evident that people can be influenced by their interpersonal relationships and living circumstances. Bernie Goetz starts off as what Scott would describe to be, part of the “inferior class” (Scott 528). He was beaten by his father, and “at school, he was the one teased by classmates, the last one picked for school games, a lonely child who would often leave school in tears” (Gladwell 185). Throughout his childhood and into his adult life, Goetz was exposed to a setting full of negative energy.
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