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Chapter 6 deviance m - INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY CONFORMITY DEVIANCE AND CRIME 1 2 The Study of Deviant Behavior Willie is a man many people would label

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Unformatted text preview: INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY CONFORMITY, DEVIANCE, AND CRIME 1 2 The Study of Deviant Behavior Willie is a man many people would label as deviant We all know who deviants are, or at least we think we do. 3 My notes: Can any one share with us the story of Willie from our text book? Willie is a street vendor in NYC – He lives on the corner of avenue C and Houston Street. He earns his money by taking magazines out of the trash and reselling them to people passing by. Willie has been living on this corner for the last six years, ever since he was released from prison after serving time for robbery. During the 1990s, Willie was one of the approximately 600,000 people released from prison every year – which translates to 1600 people released from prison every day. In 2002, the number of prisoners held in federal state and county facilities exceeded 2 million people. When just considering drug offenses, there were 1.5 million people in America detained in prisons and jails – an increase of over 300% compared to the levels for the same offenses in 1980. This extreme focus on drug offenses has led the United States to become the world leader in this regard. 4 My notes The impact of the criminal justice system can be clearly seen when examine people like Willie from a sociological perspective While ppl like Willie are in prison, they are not part of the labor force and hence a large amount of joblessness is not reflected in US labor stats At the same time, incarceration increases the long term chances of unemployment once they are released. And although the US has made a big business of the incarceration of over 2 million people, we have failed to make adequate preparations for their release. From prison, Willie went directly back to the streets. HE had nowhere to work and no where to go. People he knew from prison (social networks) already lived on the corner of Avenue C and Houston – and he knew he could find them there. Willie is a man many people would label as deviant; We all know who deviants are, or at least we think we do. 5 Deviance DEVIANTS ~ Those individual who refuse to live by the rules that most of us follow. Sociologically speaking – Deviance is the violation of widely shared norms. 6 My notes What/Who are some examples of people considered or labeled as deviants Murders, robbers, rapists, addicts, drunk drivers, Pedophiles, the homeless, mobsters, Enron executives Sometimes deviants are violent criminals or drug addicts Sometimes they are just people who are down and out Deviants are people who do not fit in with what most people would define as normal standards of acceptability Social life is governed by rules and norms....
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2012 for the course 202 202 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Rutgers.

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Chapter 6 deviance m - INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY CONFORMITY DEVIANCE AND CRIME 1 2 The Study of Deviant Behavior Willie is a man many people would label

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