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SOC 100 Notes Sept 19

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Sociology
Course
SOC 100
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Semester
Fall

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Soc – Lecture 6  09/19/2013 Today: Deviance and Social Norms The Social Construction of Deviance The Power of Labeling Learning “Deviant” Behavior Deviance and Social Control Sociological problem: structure vs. agency Structure: broad set of social relationships Agency: individual  Free will Is fb making us lonely? What it means to be actively engaged in a social world? Social integration vs. social detachment  Technology causes some fluctuations Marche: is fb making our relationships deeper or driving us further apart? Yes – driving us apart Klinenburg: No – making it deeper Evaluating the Debate What is each author arguing? What kind of evidence does each author marshal to support his point? How does each author rebut the arguments of the other? Which argument do you find most convincing? Why? Reflection Questions How does the quality of your online interaction differ from offline? What does this mean for your social  integration? Is the definition of “friend” different? Is there more “self­presentation” online than offline? Does your online interaction undermine or support your “real world” interaction? Does mobile connectivity interrupt or enrich face­to­face interaction? Deviance and Social Norms Deviance is a relational concept.  Definition (Deviance): “The recognized violation of social norms” (Rosenhan, p. 197). Definition (Social Norms) The commonly accepted expectations, rules, codes for appropriate behavior within a given social group. Understandings of what constitutes deviant behavior are tremendously culturally dependent. Models of Society Consensus model Conflict model Multi­institutional model What you define as deviant may differ depending on which model of society you assume Ex. Conflict model: going on strike may not be considered deviant if you’re on the side of the strike Multi­institutional: what is deviant in one social sphere may not be deviant in another Anderson reading: code of the street has different expectations than the “decent” families The Social Construction of Deviance “The Saints and the Roughnecks” –William J. Chambliss deviance is not just a trait, it is socially constructed social construction: categories that may seem natural to us are a cultural … “Saints” “Roughnecks” Characteristics Polite to police, apologetic,  On bad terms with police, poor,  respectful, well­off, nice clothes, visible to community, defiant,  cars, left town a lot, more  deceiving, delinquent Activities Skipped school, got good grades,  Went to school, bad grades, fight,  drinking (in bars and clubs),  steal, drink (publically) destr
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