SOC 3750 Lecture Notes - Lecture 13: Moral Authority, Anomie, Credibility Gap

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Noble cause- lying for the good of society. Perjury (why, how that police officers lie on the stand) Us vs. them mentality (binary moral order) Offenders don"t have claim to moral authority. (cid:498)above the law(cid:499: tendency for offices to believe this, particularly in urban areas, thinks that they are trash essentially, lying and cheating is easier to do because of this. Secrecy: reluctant to blow this whistle on each other. Stigmatization for non-compliance: not being willing to take the steps/risks to get someone behind bars. Budgets, effectiveness and pressure to perform: why is this happening, looking for a conviction. Performance and promotion: organizational pressures can lead to noble cause corruption. Social structure and anomie (merton 1939: deviance product of social system that has become anomic, not adequate opportunities. Emphasis on financial success is disproportionate to means. Deviance is a form of adaptation- to a system that was dysfunctional.

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