SOC 1500 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Time Clock, Structural Marxism, Liberal Feminism

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Context: not the act itself, but the contextual meaning attached to it that is deviant. Reaction: deviance is in the eye of the beholder. Formal labeling: don"t by agents of social control (police, courts, teachers). Depends on if you are being defined, or if you are the definer. Those who are being defined tend to have lower social standings. Through labeling, dominant groups can force less powerful people to do the things that they want. Argument; young teens engage in activities that are experimental and adults disapprove of those actions, so they create laws to prohibit activities of young people (ex. If you disobey these rules, you are seen as a dramatization of evil so other people see the act as evil. Labeling other people as deviant or evil will prevent others from doing the same. Status degradation (garfinkel): when someone with a good status (positive) turns into a negative one- people begin to look down on you.

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