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Is homosexuality seen as a social deviance or an acceptable lifestyle choice in society today?

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Title Is homosexuality seen as a social deviance or an acceptable lifestyle choice in society today? Hypothesis / Aim (106) This study is to discover whether "attitudes towards homosexuality have become more liberal, or has homosexuality remained labelled as being deviant". I am interested in this area of study as over time single-parent families and other life trends have become accepted in society from being socially deviant to a 'lifestyle choice' whereas homosexuality has been a taboo subject in research. I am going to look at the deviance theory and the concept of lifestyle choices to discover whether homosexuality is becoming acceptable in society today. My hypothesis is that homosexuality is still not accepted in society and is still strongly seen as an act of deviance. Context and concepts (424) The first context study that I have chosen is that of Howard Becker and his theory on 'labelling'. Becker states that a deviant act only becomes a deviant act when others define it as one, and there is no such thing as a deviant act. This relates directly to by study as I am trying to see whether homosexuality is 'seen' by society as deviant. ...read more.

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The fact that this homosexual 'marriage' was allowed to be preformed clearly shows that society has become more acceptable towards homosexuality and moved away from the view that it is an act of deviance. Main Research methods and reasons (408) For my research I will be using an experimental design, which will involve me going to a specific area in society and asking questions to participants. This will allow me to gather my data from normal social situations, reducing experimenter bias (people reacting in the way they believe you want them to react) The results I require will be best attained by using a survey with a questionnaire, which will be used as a structured interview. By using a questionnaire I will be able to gather both qualitative and quantitative data which will help me in making, not only a general result, but a scientific approach to answering my question. I will also be able to ensure that all the questions I want answering are included for every participant. My questionnaire will consist of many different types of questions including, multiple choice, rating, and closed questions. This will help in classifying my results into what society sees as acceptable and deviance. ...read more.

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My results may not be what social groups views are, but what society as a whole views of a specific lifestyle. People may not answer a question. This may make my results self selected rather than random as the participants who don't want to answer may be those who feel threatened or vulnerable to answer. Those who do answer may be from the same social group. This will make my results bias even though I have used a system of removing bias, my results, due to natural variations may be very bias. Systematic sampling is in effect a random sample and can therefore lead to an unrepresentative sample if the sample frame is organised systematically. Some of the participants that I ask may be very timid and have a different view from the view that they give in the questionnaire. They may feel that society takes this view and that they shouldn't deviate from it. This will show conformity to social attitudes rather than acceptance or deviation relating to homosexuality in society. There will be a problem with validity in my research from the sample used. The participants may not tell the truth. The participants may decide that homosexuality isn't important to them and answer in a negative way without really thinking the question over. Word Count = 1238 Robert Cook Sociology Coursework P. 1 ...read more.

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