Category Archives: Deviance & Social Control

Ruckus Causing Rebels. (repost)


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Ruckus Causing Rebels. (repost)

S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders is a brilliant example of deviance and conformity. The novel discusses two social groups are rivals: the greasers and the South-Side Social aka the “socs”. We see a definite deviance for the greasers as they dress and act against the norms of the society, with the norm set as the soc way of life and dress. With them placed side by side as rivals, one can easily pick out the deviance that is evident by the greasers. The greasers have slicked hair and wear laid back and plain cloths and have a different attitude as compared to the colorful, prim and proper soc group; they’re literally juxtapositions. The greaser’s deviant behavior united the greasers together against the socs and the socs against the greasers. There is social change that occurs in that the two groups are starting to see each other as equals and one not superior over another after the death of some people in their crew. This promotes social change due to the greaser’s deviant behavior.
There is conformity as well as the greaser’s conform to their group norms and the socs conform to theirs. For example, Cherry, a soc, is friends with Ponyboy, a greaser. This is not normal, but Cherry says to Ponyboy that if she doesn’t say “Hello” to him at school that he should not be offended, which is due to her conforming to her group’s norms. Furthermore, there is conformity in the way both groups act when they fight, in the way they present themselves, and with whom they talk to. What one says goes and if there is any objection, it is taken as an offense to the group as a whole.

This is a good example of how our society is now with many different trends that occur and within gangs on the streets. Many movies have come to depict such actions such as “The Freedom Writers”. Because gangs and differnet trends do constantly arise in society, deviance continues to exist in society and is almost inevitable. (Ex: Hippie movement, hipster movement, women wearing suits to showcase their equality to men, etc).
The link attached shows some historical fashion deviances that I find very interesting to note as now they are social norms!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vogue/the-10-most-rebellious-mo_b_3228863.html#s2419719&title=2000_John_Gallianos

Submitted by Bisma Rais

Ruckus Causing Rebels.


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Ruckus Causing Rebels.

S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders is a brilliant example of deviance and conformity. The novel discusses two social groups are rivals: the greasers and the South-Side Social aka the “socs”. We see a definite deviance for the greasers as they dress and act against the norms of the society, with the norm set as the soc way of life and dress. With them placed side by side as rivals, one can easily pick out the deviance that is evident by the greasers. The greasers have slicked hair and wear laid back and plain cloths and have a different attitude as compared to the colorful, prim and proper soc group; they’re literally juxtapositions. The greaser’s deviant behavior united the greasers together against the socs and the socs against the greasers. There is social change that occurs in that the two groups are starting to see each other as equals and one not superior over another after the death of some people in their crew. This promotes social change due to the greaser’s deviant behavior.
There is conformity as well as the greaser’s conform to their group norms and the socs conform to theirs. For example, Cherry, a soc, is friends with Ponyboy, a greaser. This is not normal, but Cherry says to Ponyboy that if she doesn’t say “Hello” to him at school that he should not be offended, which is due to her conforming to her group’s norms. Furthermore, there is conformity in the way both groups act when they fight, in the way they present themselves, and with whom they talk to. What one says goes and if there is any objection, it is taken as an offense to the group as a whole.

This is a good example of how our society is now with many different trends that occur and within gangs on the streets. Many movies have come to depict such actions such as “The Freedom Writers”. Because gangs and differnet trends do constantly arise in society, deviance continues to exist in society and is almost inevitable. (Ex: Hippie movement, hipster movement, women wearing suits to showcase their equality to men, etc).
The link attached shows some historical fashion deviances that I find very interesting to note as now they are social norms!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vogue/the-10-most-rebellious-mo_b_3228863.html#s2419719&title=2000_John_Gallianos

Submitted by Bisma Rais

Stab at College Rape Culture


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Stab at College Rape Culture

All over the country there have been pushes to reform how colleges and universities deal with Rape. It has been found that when a rape or sexual assault was reported, certain universities tried to hide it or let the offender get off with a slap on the hand. Rape is wrong and by trying to protect the offenders, these institutions are basically justifying it and making it seem like its not such a bad crime. These students across the country are using their power of defiance to bring light to a problem in our society. They are challenging the powers of their university and giving a voice to those who were victims and weren’t heard. Hopefully their actions bring a change in the way these things are not only handled by these educational institutions but also by this country.

Submitted by Jayla O’Neal

Social Control in Rural India


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Social Control in Rural India

Traditional councils in villages in India continue exerting social control through edicts that govern everything from marriage to property disputes. Khap panchayat is a system of social administration of all men on an unelected council. They have been of controversy because of their views, like blaming women for rape and ordering rapes of women. They act as these rural villages’ that they are in courts. With modern India on the rise, they have gotten much scrutiny and the Supreme Court of India has not ruled in their favor. These councils have been around for so long and have gotten away with these social injustices and it will be a very hard road for them to be eradicated and the rights of women to be granted.

Submitted by Kelsey Coffey

Your Mom Hates This Post


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Your Mom Hates This Post

The advertisers for Dead Space 2 certainly created an unusual set of ads for promoting the game. The premise of the ad was to show some of the gruesome scenes from the game, and show mothers’ reactions to them. All the mothers demonstrated disgust and shock and told the advertisers that they hated the game. This was an interesting way to try to sell the game because it intentionally portrayed the game as deviant because to its violence and gore. It made it seem as though every gamer would want the game because the mothers hated it. By doing this, the advertisers tried to appeal to what they saw to be a deviant subculture of gamers who played particularly violent games against their mothers’ wishes. The campaign could have been taking advantage of the Differential Association Theory (p 197) because it suggests that cool and hardcore gamers will play the game, which plays on the emotions of those who want to fit into that group. Another theory the advertisers could have been counting on is the Labeling Theory (p 192) because they thought that people who play these games could potentially accept the deviant label and engage in secondary deviance by seeking out violent games that would enhance their feeling of belonging in the subculture. While this may have worked on some individuals, I am sure a significant portion of gamers, including myself, were interested in the game because they had played the first one or it seemed like an interesting game. Part of the point is that people tend not to care whether their mothers like the game or not, and those old enough could buy the game without their mothers’ help. This campaign had received both harsh criticism for unintended messages that the ad could send and praise for the novel approach the company took.

Submitted by Samantha Parrotte

Too Much Power


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Too Much Power

In just a few short weeks the streets of downtown Richmond will become overrun with football fanatics trying to catch a glimpse of their favorite New England Patriot or Washington Redskins footballer. The aroma of rivalry and team spirit will fill the air for fans, players, coaches and staff. The scent of controversy will also permeate with one player noticeably absent from the practice field, a player who has traded in his Patriot’s Uniform for a prison issued jumpsuit and who now smells the confines of a jail cell in place of the sweet aroma of pigskin and turf. This player is Aaron Hernandez and he has become a household name for all of the wrong reasons. He is no longer famous for being the youngest player on any active NFL roster circa 2010 but instead is most notable for the three heinous counts of murder he faces. Aaron Hernandez is the poster boy for all that is wrong in a glorified world of sports and what happens when one attains too much power.
I chose the image above because I think it perfectly encapsulates the plight of Aaron Hernandez and on a broader scale the plight of many professional athletes and famous celebrities. To be a professional athlete or a famous celebrity is to be a member of an elite class and to have access to excessive amounts of power, wealth, culture, and social control. Fans aren’t lining up for hours and possibly days to catch a glimpse of the clerk at Walmart, the middle school teacher, or the everyday business man, they are lining up to see their favorite professional athlete, actor, or musician. This is the culture that we live in, a culture where to be famous is far better than to be normal. Aaron Hernandez is just a micro level example of the ramifications of being too powerful, too young, and under the assumption that rules no longer apply to you.

Submitted by Marissa El-Amin