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Lecture 3 Review: Pre-Scientific Approaches to Deviance

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Sociology 2259
Pamela Cushing

Lecture 3 Review PreScientific Approaches to DevianceThe Devil Made Me Do It y Prior to the Enlightenment deviance was thought of as both causal and supernaturaly People understood life and reality including deviance in terms of myths parables and stories o Created to keep people in lineconforming the way that the dominant culture of the time wanted them toEve expelled from Eden for eating the forbidden fruit of knowledgePandoras Box contained all the evils of the world y They explained experiences and often were created to help people conform in terms of social control regulation and the consequences of nonconformityo Every major religion has created mythical tales about what happens if you challenge the powers that by church etccreated for social control o Deviance often had to do with temptationSecular or Magical Stories y Many stories during this time were geared to children o Teaching children about the consequences of deviant behaviour o First oneSlovenly Peter translated from German by Mark Twain o These stories are considered too harsh fro children nowThe Trickster y Trickster common arch
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