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Lecture+_11+10-11 - Sociology of Deviant Behavior Agenda...

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Sociology of Deviant Behavior
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Agenda for Today Finish last week’s lecture Single Girls, Double Standard Obscenity on Trial Autoerotic Sexual Asphyxia
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Chesney-Lind Part II Chapter 10
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The anorexic body
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Distorted body image
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Anti-anorexia campaign
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I. Toward a Feminist Theory of Delinquency
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A. Construction of explanations of female behavior that are sensitive to its patriarchal context B. Examine ways in which agencies of social control—the police, the courts, and the persons —act in ways to reinforce woman’s place in male society C. It would first and foremost be sensitive to the situations of girls. D. Negative example: women’s movement causing increase in women’s crime
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II. Criminalizing Girls’ Survival
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A. Data show that girls are more likely to be referred to court by non-law enforcement agencies (including parents and family) B. This holds true for status charges (in which girls are overrepresented) as well
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C. Girls may be trying to escape parents and families for several reasons: Parents may employ a double standard of behavior at home which may become a source of tension with daughters Girls are more likely to be victims of child sexual abuse, some of which occurs at home Studies of girls on the streets or in legal custody show high rates of both physical and sexual abuse These findings are backed up by studies of adult women in prison who show high rates of childhood physical and sexual abuse including rape
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D. A feminist approach would construct a theory of female delinquency recognizing above facts: Girls may have more reason to run away from home than boys Yet patriarchy means the very abusers (family) can call on the authorities to apprehend and/or punish those daughters and victims Girls are more likely to be defined as sexually desirable so, once on the streets, their lives are again shaped by patriarchal institutions which devalue women, such as prostitution Girls and women get caught in a vicious cycle of victimization, delinquency and crime
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Best Part II Chapter 11
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I. The Emergence of Constructionism: Roots in Two Developments
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A. Berger and Luckmann’s (1966) work on the sociology of knowledge They show how social life shapes everything people know They introduce the term “social constructionism” to wide audience
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B. Labeling theory, dominant approach to studying deviance in 1960s, criticized Conflict theorists charged it ignored how elites shape deviance definitions Feminists charged it ignored women’s victimization by men Gay rights activists and others argued they were political minorities not deviants
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II. The Constructionist Response
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A. Some labeling oriented sociologists began to move away from the study of deviance B. Kitsuse led several in study of how and why specific social problems emerged as topics of public concern C. Redefined social problems as claims by certain interest groups or claims-makers that a particular set of social conditions were a problem
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III. The Return to Deviance
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A. Constructionists’ study of social problems still
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This document was uploaded on 10/27/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 304 at Rutgers.

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