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Notes_Lecture 5 - Soc101 lecture 5 Wednesday October 7...

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Soc101 lecture 5 Wednesday, October 7, 2008 -nazi story, concentration camp, polish, nazi regime responsible for death of 6 M jews. -how is it possible for modern civilization(German) to murder that many people? -how could ordinary german citizens commit this crime? -many Nazis were evil enough -socioogists have emphasized 3 other factors -Why most people Conform? -1- norms of solidarity demand conformity -structures of authority tend to render people obedient -bureaucracies in particular are highly effective structures of authority -they commited evil deeds b/c they were ordinary in a sense that they acted in a way most other people do to sustain ties -nazi case may seem extreme -criminal behavior reflect this -crime as a way to maintain social bond b/w gang members -some people who were antui-jews/semites risks their lives to save them -they were poorly socialized in to grp. Norms and b.c they didn’t fit in to the society, didn’t conform t grp. Norms and were ready to violate them and do whats right (heroic) -what explains the actions of upper middle class 13 year old bys to gang rape low iq girl -why do members of community defend rapists -community of glen ridge, NJ.--> community values: 1. subordination of women, “little mothers” or “bad girls” view on class mates, 2. lack of compassion for the weak, didn’t
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