Addressing Sociology : Social Deviance

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Addressing Sociology In taking sociology 101 this semester, I have truly learned a lot about the different aspects and perspectives that sociologists take on society. There is more to human behavior than just being happy or sad or depressed and etc. Sociologists go into further detail into explaining why people feel the way they do or think the way that they do. For example, my personal favorite chapter throughout this text, chapter six, has done a great deal in explaining social control and deviance. It is for a fact, like Conley stated, “It is the deviants among us who hold society together.” Furthermore, in order for a society to function, one is dependent upon deviants to allow us to differentiate between the “good” and the “bad.” Since social norms and rules are subject to change, there is a wide concept as to what deviance actually means. The concept of social deviance is explained as the transgression of socially established norms. For example, there is a wide variety in defining social deviance, but one might consider “sex before marriage” deviant, whereas in other places this practice is common. Also, killing someone might be considered deviant until we do further research. One might propose the question of self-defense, and this is where the “ABC’s of deviance” come to play. I was interested in social deviance because it filled a gap of ignorance for me. Often times I wondered why people performed deviant acts and what was their motive. By understanding social control I was able to fill that gap with knowledge. Over the past couple of years, I have become increasingly aware of a fast growing social movement that greatly impacts my life on a personal level. Reading further into the text, we learn about social integrati... ... middle of paper ... ...cial institutions can be a group, an organization, government or any entity that shares a common objective or goal. What is most important is the role chosen by the individual within the institution. As a young adult, I am particularly interested in the concept of the social institution because as I learn and further develop my own identity I will choose and experience many different institutions within society. As trends change, so will my beliefs, attitudes and behavior. Hopefully by better understanding the idea of the social institution, that can help me also effectively determine my role in society by using the strain theory, and understanding power relations and social integration and regulation, and by using the labeling theory, and so on. I can make better decisions, be better informed, and better understand how and why situations occur to other individuals.
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