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Lesson 02

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Looks at Merton, Labelling Theory and Moral Panics

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Lesson 02

  1. 1. SOCIOLOG Y OF Y OUTH STUDIES
  2. 2. • Took notion of anomie further by looking at strain • Society defines success (goals and means) • Resource & Opportunities differ • If strain: – Conformity +/+ – Innovation +/- – Ritualism -/+ – Retreatism -/- – Rebellion -+/-+ Strain - Merton
  3. 3. • Started with Durkheim – the person is labelled deviant but really they ‘differ’ to the norms established • Developed further by Mead who argued that we develop our identity through interactions with others – if we are called a criminal we see ourselves as a criminal • The Outsiders – Becker look at ‘dope smokers’. Becker argued that society applies rules onto people and defines deviant behaviour. • The labelling of people leads to the deviant using the labelling as a reason for their behaviour • Stereotyping and the self-fulfiling prophecy Labelling - Becker
  4. 4. • Media, labelling and the reaction to deviance • Mods and the Rockers • Milk Bar Cowboys • Popular reaction to a challenge to the social order • Five stages (Goode & Ben Yehuda) – Concern – Hostility – Disproportionality – Volatility Moral Panic – Stanley Cohen
  5. 5. CASE STUDY: COLUMBINE
  6. 6. http://www.cagle.com/news/SchoolShooting2005/main.asp
  7. 7. ERIC HARRIS & DYLAN KLEBOLD • White middle-class ‘normal’ kids • Both held racist views about blacks • Both had interests in the occult • Both had diaries • Both had negative experiences in the classroom • Both belonged to a group (The Trench Coat Mafia) …
  8. 8. http://www.cagle.com/news/SchoolShooting2005/main.asp
  9. 9. THE SHOOTINGS • Planned for the 19th of April • Happened on the 20th April • 12 students and one teacher were killed • Brought immediate responses from the media and the President
  10. 10. THE MEDIA REACTION • Shootings were extensively covered for months after the event – Denver Post had 750 articles on the shootings in the six months following the incident – Denver Post won a Pulitzer Prize • The media reaction has been analysed in academic articles, web-forums, and movies – Bowling for Columbine
  11. 11. http://www.cagle.com/news/SchoolShooting2005/main.asp
  12. 12. http://www.cagle.com/news/SchoolShooting2005/main.asp
  13. 13. http://www.cagle.com/news/SchoolShooting2005/main.asp
  14. 14. http://www.cagle.com/news/SchoolShooting2005/main.asp
  15. 15. http://www.cagle.com/news/SchoolShooting2005/main.asp

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