03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR
Planetary Hall 120
Section Information for Fall 2022
The Sociology of Deviance takes as its starting assumption that deviance is relative to time and place, and that what is considered deviant behavior and who is labeled "deviant" is frequently shaped by those Howard Becker calls "moral entrepreneurs" or by groups who hold political and economic power. Among the questions we will explore are the following: How does being labeled deviant change the individual's perception of self? How do groups seen as outsiders claim their rights as full members of the community? What motivates the corporate leader or highly placed politician who "has it all" to engage in risky criminal behavior? How do deviants use social media to communicate and to form supportive communities? What is the process through which deviance is medicalized? Our sources range from a study of the motivations of prominent white-collar criminals that relies on their own accounts of the actions that led to prison to an ethnographic study of self-injury, a practice that has spread dramatically among adolescents and that has been facilitated through the use of social media.