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Unformatted text preview: serve to educate the public by restating society's rules. Punishing violators reaffirms the rightness of society and its rules. Degradation ceremonies Rituals play a role in boundary maintenance (see Henslin, 1999:211). A group that discovers a deviant in their fold will attempt to "mark" that deviant for everyone can see. The individual is called before the group to account for his or her deviance. People will testify against him. The individual is found guilty. Finally, an effort is made to strip the individual of his or her group membership. An example of degradation ceremonies is a court martial where a guilty officer is publicly stripped of his rank . The officer is forced to stand at attention while the insignia of his rank is ripped from his uniform (Henslin, 1999:211)....
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