What are the primary reasons the U.S. crime rate is very high in the global context?
Sociologists stress that the definition of what is deviant varies from time to time and from place to place. Some people feel that our society is moving toward regarding cigarette smoking as deviant. Do you agree? If so, how is this being accomplished?
Clarify your understanding of Durkheim’s four functions of deviance by considering how rock-n-roll in the 1950s and marijuana smoking today provide each of the functions.
Use Merton’s strain theory to interpret the popularity of methamphetamines.
What social policies would be likely to be recommended by a sociologist who favored Merton’s strain theory in order to reduce property crime by the poor?
Labeling theorists commonly regard people such as the mentally ill, the physically handicapped, or the severely obese as deviant; however, many students resist such an interpretation. Why? Take a position yourself and defend it.
Most of us have been labeled at least mildly deviant at some time in our lives. Recount your own experiences with deviant labeling, making reference to relevant terms such as primary and secondary deviance, stigma, and retrospective labeling.
From the standpoint of a deviant individual, is the medicalization of deviance likely to be seen as an entirely positive development or are there also some negative aspects of this shift in interpretative content?
What are the primary reasons the U.S. crime rate is very high in the global context? What steps would you recommend to try to reduce this rate?
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