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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCIOL 2C06
Professor
Dorothy Pawluch
Semester
Fall

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Transcending the objective subjective dichotomy Objective: defining characteristic of deviance most identify with norm violation Subjective: process of social construction Objective/subjective continuum: one side is objective proposing absolute moral order add other side is subjective proposing no reality outside perception (radical constructionism) Objective study high consensus crime like homicide gangs prostitution Subject study low consensus crime like marijuana gambling physical appearance like tattoo overweight --> Subjective focus on deviance dance: interactions negotiations debate about deviant behavior or characteristic Role of powerful people Moral entrepreneurs: individuals and groups who take action to try and influence/change the development and enforcement of societies moral code. Example: 1. people who took part in movement during the Victorian era- these people influenced the dominant moral codes of the time and thereby changed perception of what was normal or deviant. 2. Politicians act as for have relationship with ME (politicians have power to enforce law and policy. Interest groups identify social ill and solve it by lobbying). 2. Scientist: make claims that pple believe. 3. Religious institutions 4. Media: tool used by ME (raise awareness
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