This week in class, we are reading chapter 7 in our textbook, “Deviance” (158-183). The authors point out that deviance is socially constructed and relative, based on specific expectations of cultural norms.
The authors overview various theories of deviance: biological, psychological, cultural, and sociological. While biological and psychological theories blame the deviant, sociological theories (labeling and conflict) focus on the ways in which society constructs deviance and upholds this division through social stigma, punishment, and praise. Stemming from these differing ideologies, different “solutions” to deviance are proposed.
What were the main themes of the chapter (use MLA citations)? What stood out to you? What is your example of a deviant behavior (include a link)?
Please bring your laptops to class on Tuesday so that we can work in groups. Each group will select a very specific category of deviance (not criminal; but specific type, i.e.), overview relevant statistics of practitioners versus those caught and penalized; discuss in terms of different deviant theories covered in chapter; and present visual documents that show this form of deviance. What solutions would the different deviant theories propose? Are there any “shame sites” associated with this particular form of deviance?
This video shows the objects of creating conformity in behavior and knowledge in the education system.