Had “voice of the victim” → hard to argue against preventing accidents when apparent victim is young kids ← Mother leading MADD lost her daughter to a drunk driving accident -- Using the example of MADD, detail how an individual choice such as choosing to drink and drive can become a societal problem Mothers Against Drinking and Driving… If you’re driving drunk you have a higher potential of getting in an accident and either badly hurting or killing an innocent person. Society gets involved when innocent people in their community or family are injured or killed due to something that could/should have been prevented.
3. Discuss the “folk devils” and the “historical context of conflict” surrounding the creation of MADD Drinking and driving was previously not considered that big of a deal, killing someone was just an unfortunate thing that just happened sometimes 4. Do you think MADD created a moral panic over drunk driving? Why or Why not? Mixed 5. Why did the alcohol industry support MADD? And why did MADD accept support from the alcohol industry? What does their relationship reveal about the cultural and political-economic context in which MADD arose? -The alcohol industry supported MADD because MADD wanted to pin driving drunk on individuals and not on the makers of the alcohol that got the drunk driver drunk (alcohol companies) 6. Compare and contrast the temperance movement with another drug scare -(temperance movement= basically what led to prohibition) -Political cartoons depicting alcohol as devilish, associated with unwanted characteristics -similar to depiction of crack in the 80's pop art, crack is whack 7. Does Reinarman take a conflict or a functionalist approach, or a mix of both? What aspects of his essay would you use to back up your argument? *****CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN?*****
Study Questions – Days 7-14 1.) What is stigma and who creates it? -Stigma is a mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one’s reputation. The phenomenon whereby an individual with an attribute, which is deeply discredited by his/her society is rejected as a result of the attribute. Stigma is a process by which the reaction of others spoils normal identity 2.) Argue one side: Poverty drives deviance or deviance drives poverty? ●Lower class more likely to engage in innovative and retreatist forms of deviance ○Innovative: adaptation to failure, ex: burglary, prostitution ○Retreatist: alcoholism, homelessness ●Increases marginality ●As a form: society constructs poverty as wrongful ●As a cause: those in it are disqualified from full social and civic participation 3.). Name an example of "tribal" stigmatization in the U.S. today? Islamophobia 4.) Give an example of informal social control that illustrates stigma against the poor? -Not looking at a homeless person/ someone begging on the street when you walk past them -Benches that prevent anyone from sleeping on them 5.) How might Middle Class norms explain the stigmatization of extreme body modification?