SOC 202 Notes - SOC202Notes 15:21 WhatisDeviance...

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SOC 202 Notes 15:21 What is Deviance? In its simplest form deviance is the study of differences “differences in behaviors, values, attitudes, lifestyles, and life choices among individuals  and groups” what is considered to be deviant is labeled so through social processes and  communication (the media) there is a reaction or recognition that the behavior is deviant Norm Social rules that define how people should behave Types: Mores Strong norms that specify normal behavior, more along the lines of demands than  expectations Folkways Weak norms that provide expectations for normal, proper behavior Law Formal norm’s that are backed by the state Speed limits, no drinking and driving etc. Stigma Social disapproval of characteristics or beliefs that are viewed as being against cultural  norms Values
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Ways to control social norms by rewarding compliant behaviors and punishing bad ones What we’re going to reward/punish Sanctions The rewards (public recognitions or awards) or punishments (dirty looks, jail or prison) How we go about rewarding/punishing Why should we study deviance? Defines what is and what is not acceptable social behavior, actions, outcomes, etc. It also is a function of several other factors: Who defines what is deviant? Ex.) gangs have their own rules of whats acceptable and whats deviant even though  they are labeled deviant by mainstream society Degree of deviance Ex.) lying depends on what you lie about and what it leads to Social location What does deviance show us? Deviance is NOT always negative Religious groups (amish) Serves many purposes Shows both what is socially acceptable and what is not Defines moral and social boundaries Promotes change and progress Civil rights, women’s rights
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Thought Experiments 15:21 -Emotions are a major part of human and social life, but emotional displays can easily  be seen as normative or deviant -Crying when is it acceptable or normative for one to cry? Death, physically injured,  When is it deviant to cry? Work/business situations Factors or characteristics of people that make crying more or less deviant? -there is the sentiment that the world would be different if women were in charge Would different behaviors be viewed as deviant? HW Perform minor act of deviance Violate a norm or more, but not any laws Response should include a description of what you did that was deviant, how you felt,  and how people reacted 1-3pgs SINGLE SPACED
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Deviance Theories and Theorists 15:21 Durkheim Lived from 1858 to 1917 French sociologist Major works of  Suicide, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life,  and  Division of Labour  in Society Known for major concepts of
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