Competing groups in society trying to manipulate this process Whoever has the

Competing groups in society trying to manipulate this

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-Process of plurality. Competing groups in society trying to manipulate this process. Whoever has the most power will probably win. Ex. Gay marriage. Whoever has the best campaign is going to establish whether or not that behavior is deviant or acceptable. -Plurality that has resources to manipulate. Who was Durkheim? Why is he important to criminology? "On the Normal and Pathological" Society of Saints/Society of Sinners- Breaking a rule that they hold to be important that is normative to them, but may not be normative to us. -What becomes deviance is redefined. -Norms change based on society, so deviance changes based on society. There is no single definition of deviance. -There are always things that people are going to find unacceptable. What do the Saints and Roughnecks and Salem Witch trials teach us about deviance? Salem Witch Trials: Wayward Puritans -Classic example of functionalist research --Erikson looks at Puritan communities in pre-USA colonies -Experience witch trials-Outcomes: There were probably no witches at all, what was the function of society that caused them to have these witch trials? -Found: These things were timed just as there were real threats to the normative community - they experienced a period of growth and they were not all puritans, church lost lease to its land. Very public trial could shut down other viewpoint - established the norms and put puritan values at the forefront of that community. Witch trials helped line up with puritan belief that the world might end, helped strengthen their beliefs. -Why this need? --Function of "deviance" waves? --It united the community together, refocused everyone on puritan values, they had to watch theirbehavior, put on shows of piety. --They needed that deviance outbreak because it provided such a strong function for that society. --There was no deviant behavior. --Function of deviance, without the actual act. Saints and Roughnecks
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-Classic example of conflict research on deviance --Saints-Who are they? What did they do? --Roughnecks-Who are they? What did they do? -Saints: Wealthy, middle-class kids-Roughnecks-Working class kids -Both groups got involved in deviance -Saints were able to hide their deviance because they had cars. -Roughnecks had to stay in town and their deviance was more visible to the community. -The Roughnecks were looked at as the troublemakers. -The Saints were viewed as upstanding, good kids. -Difference is their class status.
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