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University of Waterloo
SOC 223
Robert Prus

Solitary Deviance : Chapter 9 Thursday, March 21, 2013 11:31 AM Lecture Topic and Readings: One may define "solitary deviance" as wrongdoing that one experiences on one's own however the issues are much more complicated then that Examples: stealing, thinking, speeding, studying or even not studying or harm to oneself Solidarity deviance involves activity Charles Cooley: the 'looking glass self" You are always looking at how people are perceiving you Ethno logs Are basically people; as you learn the language/actions; you become part of the group Babies have no sense of embarrassment because they dont know the language and in return other people look over what they do (not defined as a deviant) Once you have language you can not just judge others but also yourself Society in miniature: you are able to converse within yourself (thinking/reflectivity)  Reflectivity: they can define and debate different objects Solitary deviance offers social scientists a perplexing challenge , a topic that appears intriguingly individualistic on the surface and yet can be meaningfully comprehended only within parameters of group life Solitary deviance represents a consequential if not essential component of sociological study of human community The interactionist approach not only encompasses this fuller range of human knowing and acting but it also enables researchers to attend to the ways in which these matters overlap or become interfusing with one another Acknowledging Solitary Activity Interactionist refuse to reduce human behavior to individual qualities or factors, however this does not mean that interactionist have disregarded people's capacities to act more independent manner By building on the interactionist concepts, we can better achieve a better understanding of both solidarity activity and deviance The acquisition of language is essential for enabling people to think about things, to imagine, to
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