SOC 375 Deviant Behavior 2013
Note: You will not know in advance which questions will be selected for the exam so it is advisable to prepare for each question. Remember the exam will be closed-notes and closed-book. Your answers should reflect the breadth of information presented in the class and must incorporate specific material from the course readings whenever appropriate. Please bring a blank blue book to the exam.
One of the essay questions below will appear on your exam, plus there will be a short answer, fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice, true/false section based primarily on key terms from the text and your notes.
1. Discuss the relationship between power and deviance. Be sure to at least address:
a) The definition of power
b) How “moral entrepreneurs” may influence how deviance is seen and handled with policies. Give a concrete example.
c) The assumptions of labeling theory, and how it may help explain the relationship between power and deviance. Give an example.
2. Discuss the practices of the Appalachian snake handlers (see youtube video). Be sure to answer at least:
a) The functions of deviance according to Emile Durkheim.
b) Which of the functions Durkheim wrote about appear to be relevant for the snake handlers? What were they accomplishing through their practices?
c) What are the various forms of social control possible, and which were at work in the case of the snake handlers?
3. Discuss the research on “Convicted Rapists’ Vocabulary of Motives” by Scully and Marolla (1984). Be sure to examine the excuses and justifications the authors found. Also discuss the relationship between the excuses, justifications and actions. How do these fit with the subculture of violence as an explanation for rape?
4. Discuss the relationship between social structure and deviance. For each of the theories below show how they explain the causes of deviance, the strengths and weaknesses of the theory, and describe the solutions to problems of deviance suggested by the theory:
a) Conflict approach
b) Messner and Rosenfeld on the American dream
c) Hirschi’s control/social bond theory