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The Social Construction of Deviance Activity
This activity explores the idea that deviance is socially constructed which means that groups intersubjectively create their notions of what should and should not be considered deviant. I think we all (or at least most of us) can agree on some clear-cut deviant behavior because they are just so fundamentally in violation of social norms (perhaps they are even taboos). Some examples might include murder, incest, rape, theft. Even these, though, have grey area. For example do we find the person who murdered someone in a home invasion much more deviant than the woman who murdered her husband after having been severely abused by him for over two decades? Or are both equally deviant? Do we find the person who raped a child much more deviant than the person who rapes an adult or are both the same level of deviance? What if the child is a two-year old? What if the child is sixteen? From the perspective of a conflict theorist, those in power have defined deviance in ways which allow them to maintain their powerful positions by imposing control on those they deem to be deviant. One way this manifests is in the regulation of clothing, hairstyles and bodies, particularly when targeting Black and Latinx individuals. Some examples of this are: the targeting of natural hair; Trayvon Martin’s hoodie as a symbol that he was “up to no good”; sagging pants and the Zoot Suits of the 1930s.
Referencing this week’s readings, please respond to the following questions:
What did you learn about the social construction of deviance from these articles?
How can you use what you learned from these articles to explain the ways in which deviance is relative to the contexts of time, place, culture, etc.?
Aside from those discussed in these articles, what are some other examples (current or historic) of this social construction of deviance?
In the past those in power have attempted to legislate morality in an attempt to address behaviors that were deemed to be deviant. What attempts to legislate morality can you think of in the past and today?
Please be sure to include an in-text citation from the course text (I’ve modeled an in-text citation for you above). The citation for the course text would be: (Conerly, Holmes & Tamang, 2021). If you need a refresher on how to do an in-text citation, a great resource is the Purdue OWL. (Links to an external site.)
Remember, if you use another source for your ideas please be sure to cite these ideas. If you paraphrase them (rework in your own words) then you need the author and year in your citation. If you use a direct quote you must place it in quotation marks and include the author, year and page (or paragraph) number in your citation.