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Functionalism Associated Theorist Deviance arises from:
Strain Theory Robert Merton A lack of ways to reach socially accepted goals by accepted methods
Social Disorganization Theory University of Chicago researchers Weak social ties and a lack of social control; society has lost the ability to enforce norms with some groups
Cultural Deviance Theory Clifford Shaw and Henry McKay Conformity to the cultural norms of lower-class society
Conflict Theory Associated Theorist Deviance arises from:
Unequal System Karl Marx Inequalities in wealth and power that arise from the economic system
Power Elite C. Wright Mills Ability of those in power to define deviance in ways that maintain the status quo
Symbolic Interactionism Associated Theorist Deviance arises from:
Labeling Theory Edwin Lemert The reactions of others, particularly those in power who are able to determine labels
Differential Association Theory Edwin Sutherlin Learning and modeling deviant behavior seen in other people close to the individual
Control Theory Travis Hirschi Feelings of disconnection from society

Summary

The three major sociological paradigms offer different explanations for the motivation behind deviance and crime. Functionalists point out that deviance is a social necessity since it reinforces norms by reminding people of the consequences of violating them. Violating norms can open society’s eyes to injustice in the system. Conflict theorists argue that crime stems from a system of inequality that keeps those with power at the top and those without power at the bottom. Symbolic interactionists focus attention on the socially constructed nature of the labels related to deviance. Crime and deviance are learned from the environment and enforced or discouraged by those around us.

Short answer

Pick a famous politician, business leader, or celebrity who has been arrested recently. What crime did he or she allegedly commit? Who was the victim? Explain his or her actions from the point of view of one of the major sociological paradigms. What factors best explain how this person might be punished if convicted of the crime?

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If we assume that the power elite’s status is always passed down from generation to generation, how would Edwin Sutherland explain these patterns of power through differential association theory? What crimes do these elite few get away with?

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Further research

The Skull and Bones Society made news in 2004 when it was revealed that then-President George W. Bush and his Democratic challenger, John Kerry, had both been members at Yale University. In the years since, conspiracy theorists have linked the secret society to numerous world events, arguing that many of the nation’s most powerful people are former Bonesmen. Although such ideas may raise a lot of skepticism, many influential people of the past century have been Skull and Bones Society members, and the society is sometimes described as a college version of the power elite. Journalist Rebecca Leung discusses the roots of the club and the impact its ties between decision-makers can have later in life. Read about it at (External Link) .

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Cantor, D. and Lynch, J. 2000. Self-Report Surveys as Measures of Crime and Criminal Victimization . Rockville, MD: National Institute of Justice. Retrieved February 10, 2012 ( (External Link) ).

Durkheim, Emile. 1997 [1893]. The Division of Labor in Society New York, NY: Free Press.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation. 2010. “Crime in the United States, 2009.” Retrieved January 6, 2012 ( (External Link) ).

Hirschi, Travis. 1969. Causes of Delinquency . Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Holding, Reynolds. 2006. “Why Can’t Felons Vote?” Time , November 21. Retrieved February 10, 2012 ( (External Link) ).

Krajick, Kevin. 2004. “Why Can’t Ex-Felons Vote?” The Washington Post , August 18, p. A19. Retrieved February 10, 2012 ( (External Link) ).

Laub, John H. 2006. “Edwin H. Sutherland and the Michael-Adler Report: Searching for the Soul of Criminology Seventy Years Later.” Criminology 44:235–57.

Lott, John R. Jr. and Sonya D. Jones. 2008. “How Felons Who Vote Can Tip an Election.” Fox News, October 20. Retrieved February 10, 2012 ( (External Link) ).

Mills, C. Wright. 1956. The Power Elite . New York: Oxford University Press.

New York Times Editorial Staff. 2011. “Reducing Unjust Cocaine Sentences.” New York Times , June 29. Retrieved February 10, 2012 ( (External Link) ).

ProCon.org. 2009. “Disenfranchised Totals by State.” April 13. Retrieved February 10, 2012 ( (External Link) ).

ProCon.org. 2011. “State Felon Voting Laws.” April 8. Retrieved February 10, 2012 ( (External Link) ).

Sampson, Robert J. and Lydia Bean. 2006. "Cultural Mechanisms and Killing Fields: A Revised Theory of Community-Level Racial Inequality." The Many Colors of Crime: Inequalities of Race, Ethnicity and Crime in America , edited by R. Peterson, L. Krivo and J. Hagan. New York: New York University Press.

Sampson, Robert J. and W. Byron Graves. 1989. “Community Structure and Crimes: Testing Social-Disorganization Theory.” American Journal of Sociology 94:774-802.

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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 2009. “SEC Charges Bernard L. Madoff for Multi-Billion Dollar Ponzi Scheme.” Washington, DC: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved January 6, 2012 ( (External Link) ).

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Questions & Answers

What is d importance of d study sociology? Can someone help me please
onoja Reply
ok m telling u just in general. for answering in papers u can get details from online. By studying sociology we come to know why such society is today. What the hell is going on in society from down the ages. :) Why people are differ from place to place. Though we know in general without studying.
manisha
but it just showing a bigger picture to us. These concepts dont help much in life. But we can know why people r this coz they r attached to some concept.
manisha
to get marks u write this.. 1 sociology detects and Solve Social Problems 2Sociology Helps in Planning and Development 3. Sociology makes a scientific study of Sociology 4 studies role of the institutions in the development of the individuals. 5 Helps in Preservation and Growth of Culture
manisha
6.sociology has made broaden the outlook of man. 7 Sociology is of great importance in the solution of international problems. 
manisha
if we study to learn from the subject we can surelyget something from it and we may want to do something for society.
manisha
Sociology help in giving us the insight about what and how human society works. It increases our horizon about the social world and improves interaction our with one another. Sociology also provide us with the view of cultural relativism.
Simon
it helps us to know the importance of socializing and how to understand others people's beliefs.
Cecilia
nice
manisha
what is social stratification
Ibrahim
Wow Manisha thanks to u guys I appreciate
onoja
Hello can someone please tell me the job prospects for a sociology student
abdulaziz
Firstly is the study of human activity in the community, therefore it includes everything that happens around the people in the society
Martin
Can someone help me with the agents of social stratification
Martin Reply
power pristag wealth caste
Ismail
How is sociology different from other discipline?
onoja Reply
How is sociology different from other discipline?
onoja Reply
If Emmanuel Joseph sieyes was 1st to coin the term sociology in 1780 why den August comte is regarded as d founding father of sociology?
onoja Reply
coz he was the first who associate the study with humans. formal launch was by Comte only in 1838
manisha
credit goes to comte for invention of sociology. comte was bot satusfied with sys. of social events so he wanted to introduce new science which is away from spirituality philosophical thoughts n which study social events in scientific manner.
manisha
he wanted to name this new branch into physics but name was already taken by adolf for diff. subj then he changed it into sociology 1838 by joining two words greek n latin lang. socius n logos
manisha
herbert spencer also liked to choose sociology name. in this way sociology emerged. today we r studying.
manisha
Accepted d fact Dat he was 1st to associate d discipline with human.. Am convinced now.... Thanks Manisha
onoja
If I may ask,, how did comte relate sociology to human?
onoja
sociology is not study of humans but group of humans i.e society. comte only started the analytical study of patterns of human n social grps. diff organs of society. psychology is study if human.
manisha
Thanks
onoja
interesting manisha
yakubu
Social TheoryDelete Auguste ComteEarly Forefather (1798-1857) • Three Stages of Social Evolution • Social Physics • Positivism QUOTATION “Now, the existing disorder is abundantly accounted for by the existence, all at once, of three incompatible philosophies, -- the theological, the metaphysical
Hassan
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onoja
How is d application of d science methodology possible in sociology?
onoja
why do we study sociology law as as a course
Babagana Reply
how does population affect the social and economy policy of a country
Emmanuel Reply
The socioeconomic policy of a country can be affected when there is high rate of fertility which give rise to population explosion which lead to poverty and then crime in such society.
Simon
I need more understanding about sociology.
Olausi Reply
The first social scientist to use the term sociology was a Frenchman by the name of Auguste Comte who lived from 1798-1857. As coined by Comte, the term sociology is a combination of two words. The first part of the term is a Latin, socius- that may variously mean society, association, togetherness
sekou
what is social contracts
Yusuf
more explain
Olausi
what make sociology a science?
Nanzing
sociology is a science because it uses science methodology in arriving at it's finding
ANIH
How does sociology apply this methodology in its findings? Need help
onoja
what is the medical sociology
Krish Reply
correct cronology of study method suggested by August comte?
Aida Reply
sociology is a scientific discipline, what make it a science?
Nanzing
we use scientific mathods with facts and real observations to study the society
Batch
what is the medical sociology
Krish
I think it the study of Medical organisation or institution, how they work, their Mathods etc
Batch
what is sociological imagination?
Hamanta
it's a kind of imagination by which we can divert our mind or take us away from daily life routine surrounding society
Batch
in sociological imag. we think outside the box. we relate our problem with other or society as a whole. in this way we come to know that its not us who facing this problm infact others too facing it.
manisha
we also think in terms of others also. we view others pt. of view too.
manisha
Manisha 👍👍
Batch
thanks for the explanation
Batch
what is sociological alienation
Batch
alienation is we feel isolated from society. we gets aloof from society.
manisha
and what are reason behind it ?
Batch
according to august comte wats sociology
Deme
can some one clearly defined Sociology for me
Justin Reply
study of groups n group intetactions, societies n social interactions from small n personal groups to very large groups.
manisha
study of society and interaction among peoples...
Neelma
can any1 help me ..how to calculate percentile in individual series ..?
Madiha Reply
but I suppose ,I think you have olredy completed ua exams in June session final yr.
rameez
mam,madiha, checking out various videos availble on youTube may easily help you to solve ua problem.regards.
rameez
thnkx rameez sir for ur suggestions
Madiha
what was main reason behind Emile Durkheim’s book division of labour?
Neelma Reply
he wanted to say that division of labour i.e differences of jobs dont create problem in society or it doesnt affect moral beliefs infact it creates dependency on each other n set as binding glue.
manisha
many theorist were blaming including comte that division of labour creates problem in society like it destroy moral beliefs but emile Durkheim neglected this fact. he said it makes society together rather than affecting moral beliefs or any destruction.
manisha
even i feel division of labor dont create problem. every person have diff. potential so work of each other will be diff. and it doesnt create any difficulty.
manisha
how difference of job dont creat problem manisha can u give me an example as i cam understand properly ?
Neelma
division of labor happens in production process. like in industry. production has many steps. so work is alloted by dividing the work. one into manufacturing n other into packaging. its also happens acc. to specialisation.
manisha
so it helps in fast n proper production. so its good to divide work rather than all work done by one person.
manisha
ohh now i got it means divide one task or project in group of people .. who work on that project .. ie one building make by group of Labour's..? im i right? manisha
Neelma
yes right neelma. division of work in group.
manisha
thnks manisha for clear my concept
Neelma
hi everyone.
Khalid
so simple, diff people have different specializations - abilities, skill's, taste's, capabilities, talents thus work accordingly. thus this specialization of task's /jobs create interpendece btwn them. Had been all these people having diff talent's or skills giving same task thus have created simply
rameez
right rameez.
Khalid
Hey all! I'm a sociologist from Cyprus. This is the first time I'm writhing here! I'm glad of being part of the conversation! 😀
Marios
hi Marios Orphandies
Khalid
hi. I'm very happy to be here I like sociology but idont have any concept about jobs if I . have finished my sociology which job i. will do and how is availability of job this field thanks
Hasan
mess / problems within the system. For eg. if cobbler or blacksmith is asked to treat a patient n prescribe sm medicine, or if doctor is asked to make shoe or play circket. will they do their work properly
rameez
The answer is no. Thus specialization of task's solves problems .
rameez
can any1 tell me how 2 calculate percentile in individual series ? what is formula for that ?
Madiha
um not sure Madiha, I think total sum of series in percentile divided by total no. of series.
rameez
you are so intelligent why don't you consult you book. Anyway thank. .......
rameez
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rameez
not mentioned in my book...thats y
Madiha
oh sad na..but bt your book was typing error..I simply meant book....And yes if had been mentioned in ua book,you wouldn't have asked... so simple.. commonsense.
rameez
welcome always n Allah bless
rameez
cyprus is so beautiful i just checked out on google.
manisha
Google nice. Baramulla is also beautiful you know.
rameez
ok nature is always beautiful
manisha
beauty lies in the eye's of beholder. what i mean beauty of the nature doesn't mean anything if people are not.
rameez
am I right Manisha
rameez
and thank you so much, Manisha for being here ,for a while I thought buddy, it was Madiha talking abt Cyprus.
rameez
what cyprus ? rameez sir
Madiha
I meant it was you talking about Cyprus is so beautiful.
rameez
no.. manisha mam was talking abt that..
Madiha
i thought....// n nothing bye
rameez
yeah.
rameez
yes beauty lies in eyes. :)
manisha
philosophy talks also exist here with sociology in this app.
manisha
:)
manisha
barmulla is so beautiful.
manisha
yes Manushi Heart of paradise Kashmir.
rameez
it means according durkhim people should work according to their abilty ? but manisha is saying that people should work combiney on one project ?
Neelma
she doesn't mean nor she is saying and infact it's you brother who is talking or have included word project in ua statement.
rameez
and even if people are working on one project doesn't mean they are having diff abilities.Its also specialization of work. as per abilities
rameez
for eg many laborers working in construction of building also need few carpenters , few masions, few electrictions, and few other person's viz skilled in bathroom/water fittings , cutting of mirror's, few painters and so on. Hope you will get ua answer now.
rameez
yess thanku .. i got it :)
Neelma
itz ok brother. God bless
rameez
sister :) not brother ..
Neelma
sister.. proof get ua Xerox ready of ID, Adhaar card,ration card, Fcbk Id, wtsap,insta.telegram n so on.till provisionally accepted.
rameez
:)
Neelma
nothing to say brother ..
Neelma
Hello
Ahsan
Can anyone help me with the the answer, what are concepts given by Merton and explain them briefly....?
Dyuti
In own opinion what do sociologist say about working abroad?
Jerald Reply
i dont know abt sociologist. if someone is rich and can afford to move to other country then its his wish. moving to another country will surely be adventures. many Indians r there in abroad working n living there.
manisha
by the way where r u from?
manisha
Zambia
Julia
hi julia. m from india.
manisha
ok
Julia
Those it also mean that in the animal kingdom, their society is structured so as to suit the male lions of having the first share. and how do you explain the difference in behavior between the male and female dogs
Ofei Reply

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