1. How does Strain Theory define and explain deviance? Strain theory defines deviance as the situation whereby there exists a gap or difference between societal success goals and the determined means available to the society for achieving these goals. In a society, individuals share similar goals towards success and thus have agreeable means of achieving the same, however, when such an agreement is foregone such a society has a high rate of deviance.
In the movie Scarface we view go in depth about some life events of Cuban refugee Tony Montana when he enters the United States and receives his green card. We also see what leads him to his criminal activities of becoming a national drug lord. In this film there are a number of different theories that can be applied. I will be using Cornish and Clarkes Rational Choice Theory, along with Robert Agnew’s Strain theory in order to analyze Tony’s reasoning behind committing these crimes. I will be using examples from the film Scarface in order to draw and link these theories with the film.
The two stories which impressed me most were Tell Tale Heart and A Curtain of Green. Although they seem very different from each other, I see them as different representations of two pretty similar stories. Both Tell Tale Heart and A Curtain of Green take us into memories of two protagonists who have some mental issues and who are presumably very lonely people. Both of the stories include highly dramatic climaxes; however, the ways we took while we join the characters in their journey are certainly different.
We were told that this theory is too broad because it explains everything and yet explains nothing. The question of which came first the chicken, or the egg conception is the same of learning is too simplistic. Do we truly learn from those who are closest to us who else can we learn from? We should ask the all-time question, “Why don’t we commit crime?” not why do we.
Have you ever wondered what it's like being wrongfully accused of a dramatic crime? If you have, hearing Sarah Good's story might enlighten you. On March 1, 1692, three women were arrested on accounts of witchcraft in Salem. Around 200 men, women, and children were accused of witchcraft and killed in this horrific time. Sarah Good had a horrible reputation that lead to, in my opinion, a wrongful accusation of witchcraft.
Melba Pattillo Beals was one of the first children to integrate in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her and 8 other students were chosen to go to Little Rock Central High School, which was a all white school. While there her and her friends where called the LR9( Little Rock 9). Melba was bullied and white students and parents tried to hurt her. They tried to burn her and kill her.
One sociological explanation of crime is that those who engage in crime were raised and shown crime in early ages of their life. The three sources of Robert Agnew's Strain Theory would be: The inability to achieve positively valued goals The removal of the threat to remove positively valued stimuli
Slater 's theory that we spend our lives paying attention only to information that is consonant with our beliefs, and we ignore contradictory information that might cause us to question what we have built is extremely important because it exposes how people become close-minded about other beliefs. Slater herself writes, "My sinks soaks it up and the cut closes over, so there is no mark there anymore, or is it just too dark to really see (Slater 132). " In other words, Slater believes that it could be true that the oil healed up her wound, or, she could deny it and make up an excuse. The argument here is that if others do not admit other possible facts or truths, they will be left in the dark. In other words, they will not be exposed to new ideas
The structural strain theory was developed by sociologist Robert K. Merton as part of the functionalist perspective. Strain occurs when individuals find it hard to achieve cultural goals through institutionalized means (Merton, 1938). This theory suggests that there are five responses to strain, which include conformity, ritualism, innovation, retreatism and rebellion (Andersen and Taylor, 2009). The responses are developed based on two factors, which are, first, whether the individual accepts or rejects the cultural goals of the society and second, whether the individual accepts or rejects the instituitionalized means of achieving them. To understand this theory, we first have to understand what cultural goals and the institutionalized means of achieving them mean.
This study aims to examine the dual association of emotional stability and emotional exhaustion with work deviant behavior (WDB) in an Asian context, with an insight on Malaysia. As a dispositional characteristic, emotional stability was chosen to be studied because individuals observed experiencing it at low levels, have a tendency towards deviant behavior (Berry et al., 2007; Gonzalez-Mule, DeGeest, Kiersch, & Mount, 2013; Hudson, Roberts, & Lodi-Smith, 2012; Penney et al., 2011). Similarly, employees experiencing emotional exhaustion have a tendency towards deviant behavior (Berry et al., 2007; Gonzalez-Mule et al., 2013; Hudson et al., 2012; Le et al., 2011; Penney et al., 2011).