The Socs live on the west side and are known as the west side rich kids who have all the breaks. People judge their personality just based on if they are a greaser or Soc. Stereotyping is an unfair way to judge people because you never know their whole story. It is wrong to judge someone just by who they hand out with, or what gang they are a part of. In The Outsiders, Cherry, a Soc, and Ponyboy, a greaser, are at a Drive-in movie.
In the outsiders, the group ‘The Greaser’ are the outsiders to the rest of society. The name that the outsider boys have “greasers” shows that they aren’t as wealthy as others. The outsider boys are family to each other both literary and figuratively. There is a gang near the outsider neighbourhood called the Socials also known as the “Soc”. There are gang wars between these two gangs that will probably never end.
Randy, Bob, and Cherry were classified as socs. The stereotypical behavior of greasers usually has something to do with breaking the law, or being uneducated, lower class criminals. The behavioral stereotype for socs was usually rich snobs that enjoy picking on people with less money. The gang were outsiders in this book. They were greasers, but they didn’t really act like it, especially Darry.
One very important scene that reveals the theme is when Ponyboy and the the rest of his group go to the movies and meet two Socs, Cherry and Marcia. As the movie goes on, Ponyboy and Cherry continue to talk and realize that their prior thoughts they had about each other and each other’s group is false. For example, when Cherry says, that “things are rough all over” (Hinton 35). Stereotypically Socs have money, cars, and are supposed to have this perfect life
Misconceptions are usually formed from having stereotypes. Everybody has a stereotype that is associated with them, whether they like it or not. Male probation officers are a group that is misunderstood to society. They have multiple stereotypes and misconceptions that are associated with them; theses associations are made up by the offenders
For example, when Dally, Johnny, and Ponyboy go to the Nightly Double drive-in. Since Dally does not like doing things legally, they climb over the back fence of the drive-in to watch the movie. Ponyboy states, “. . . Dally hated to do things the legal way. He liked to show that he didn’t care whether there was a law or not” (20).
Criticism of Merton’s Strain Theory One critique of the strain theory is how it overemphasis the position of the social class in regards to crime and deviance. As we know, the strain theory applies mainly to the American lower class as they struggle the most. Our lower class are faced with the lack of resources to help them reconcile their goals. However, by looking at the variation of deviant and criminal behavior, the strain theory does not adequately account for any type of crimes besides the normal street or neighborhood crimes.
Being arrested is humiliating enough as it is, but if you’re a different race it could be even more humiliating. A lot of the times excessive force is or aggression is used to handle the situation. Sometimes there’s even injuries that occur during this time and it’s wrong. Then after the suspect is arrested there are unnecessary strip searches performed by the same and sometimes opposite sex officer (Ontario Human Rights Commission, n.d.). It violates people’s privacy.
I knew he liked to pick fights, had the usual Soc belief that living on the West Side made you Mr. Super-Tuff, looked good in dark wine-colored sweaters, and was proud of his rings. But what about the Bob Sheldon that Cherry Valance knew?” (162). In this instance, Ponyboy realizes that he had stereotypes Bob as just a “typical” Soc, mean and tuff without realizing that he was a just a boy too, just like him,
In the book The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, it talks about a gang with not much money called the greasers, that goes up against a wealthy gang called the socs. The greasers have a big disadvantage here since they do not have very much money and can’t get off the hook as easily as the socs. Showing that the law is unfair for the greasers because they are poor. Dally gave Ponyboy and Johnny a gun and got put in jail for it. Johnny killed a guy in self defense, and said that if he ever got caught, he would get the electric chair, and if Ponyboy ever got caught he would be sent to the reformatory.
One of the biggest problems is the bias’ that exist in our neighborhood. Being from Van Horn is seen differently than being from any other high school in the district. In fact, our entire area has stigmas of being dangerous or obscene. The only way to fix the problem would be to continue attempting to change the opinions that others harbor through group events and competitions. Or, just organizing positive events that can harbor a sense of community.
Many evidence support the view that there are biases in the criminal justice system against members of minority groups. One of the issues with discriminatory practices is that legal apparatus for antidiscrimination law is based on intentional discrimination. Many issues of overrepresentation of minority group individuals at all levels of the justice system have profound effects not only for those who are accused and convicted but also for the victims of crime. Victims from racialized communities, knowing that members of their community are unfairly treated under the law, may feel both personal pressure and community pressure to not report crimes committed against them or testify in court. Slavery, and the concomitant violence committed against
In one paragraph he describes how crazy some of the discrepancies can actually be. “Just look at the language around Keene State "students," "youthful debauchery," "kids." Then compare to the language of Ferguson and Baltimore: "thugs," "criminals," "offenders." Or take the word, "gang."