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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC101Y1
Professor
Christian O.Caron
Semester
Winter

Description
Lecture 8 Deviant Identity II  The Devil Made Me Do It: Use of Neutralizations by Shoplifters: Cromwell & Thurman • Techniques and Neutralizations (Sykes and Matza) Techniques of neutralization is about neutralizing the guilt…  (1) Denial of responsibility: Deviance due to acts of situations beyond their ctrl  a. External influences that lead to this outcome (2) Denial of Injury: Mitigate act by alluding to lack of harmful consequences to  anyone  a. “No body got hurt”…  (3) Denial of the Victim: legitimate their behaviour by suggesting no specific victim  can be ID or that person hurt “deserve what happened to them b. “They had it coming”…  (4) Appeal to higher loyalties: behaviour justified as serving a greater good (5) Condemnation of the condemners: Turning the table on accusers, focus on what  accusers have done wrong a. Why me? COLEMAN (1994) (1) Defence of Necessity: there is a need for it (2) Everybody does it: aside from condemnation of condemners (other elements) (3) Justification of Comparison—what I did is less important than others…. Why are  you targeting me when there is much bigger problems… by comparison this is  not much of big deal (4) Postponement: Pushing the guilt to later… e.g. Cheating? Binge Eating—the  reward is right now, cost is later Stigma Management • Deviant label markers people with a stigma in eyes of society, leading to  devaluation and exclusion • Stigmatized persons fall into 2 categories (Goffman) (1) Discreditable: Easily concealable deviant traits that may manage themselves  to about the stigma—trying to hide, minimize, keep secret abnormalities that  lead to stigma (2) Discredited: Those who revealed their deviance or who can’t hide it • Those with disc
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