SA 150 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Structural Functionalism, White-Collar Crime, Labeling Theory

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Published on 19 Apr 2013
School
Simon Fraser University
Department
Sociology and Anthropology
Course
SA 150
Professor
Lecture 4 January 28th 4/19/2013 1:27:00 AM
Sneetches
Star can represent the stars that Jewish people had to wear
Deviance
Crime: the violation of society’s formally enacted criminal law
Deviant but not criminal:
Talking while the prof is talking
Biology and deviance
Believed that we can find deviance from biological differences
The social foundations of deviance
What is deviant in one society is normal in another
Aka deviance varies with cultural norms
Cultural universals: taboos against incest, what we find humorous
Deviance varies based on cultural norms and based on history
Nelson Mandela
People become deviant as others define them that way
Norms and deviance involve social power
Structural functionalism
Durkheim
Merton and strain theory
Strain theory suggests that everyone measures things the same way
wealth/success
Main critique is that not everybody shares the same ideas of how to evaluate
right and wrong
The law in its majestic equality forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep
under bridges
Social conflict theory and deviance
Power!
Stigma
1. Norms/laws reflect the interest of the powerful
2. Powerful can resist deviant labels
White collar crime: causes detriment on society
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Star can represent the stars that jewish people had to wear. Crime: the violation of society"s formally enacted criminal law. Believed that we can find deviance from biological differences. What is deviant in one society is normal in another. Cultural universals: taboos against incest, what we find humorous. Deviance varies based on cultural norms and based on history. People become deviant as others define them that way. Strain theory suggests that everyone measures things the same way wealth/success. Main critique is that not everybody shares the same ideas of how to evaluate right and wrong. The law in its majestic equality forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges. Stigma: norms/laws reflect the interest of the powerful, powerful can resist deviant labels. Bank example: they are too big to imprison. The rich and powerful are able to avoid being titled deviant (donald trump: norms and laws are political. Look at a society on a small scale.

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