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Outline and critically discuss the way in which your studies have developed your understanding of the inner relationship between deviance and social control

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Outline and critically discuss the way in which your studies have developed your understanding of the inner relationship between deviance and social control The concepts 'Social Control' and 'Deviance' have more than one definition to me, my understanding of these terms are that they try to group, control and define different kinds of anti social behaviour. In this essay I will be reflecting on how certain topics have deviant labels attached to them as a result of social control. I will be explaining my initial understanding and views of these topics, going on to explain how they may have been changed, challenged or reinforced after attending lectures and using the sources available to me to expand my knowledge. Also, I will be using evidence from texts I have read to support these views and considering how these contribute to the inner-relationship between 'deviance' and social control. The key topics I will be demonstrating this with are Teenage Mothers, Eugenics, Deviant Bodies and The Cultural Degeneration of Travellers. These topics highlight key areas in which deviant labels are attached to groups of people by social control and how society has tried to control people's views in order to separate class and be in command of what should be seen as acceptable behaviour. ...read more.


The majority of the UK's teenage mothers are reliant solely upon the state for welfare, housing, education and jobs. I believe this is where why society tries to control the way in which we view teenage mothers as it is likely once they a so heavily reliant upon benefits, they will not become independent and cost tax payers a large amount of money each year. Before attending the lectures I had no knowledge of the term 'Deviant Bodies' so all new information I absorbed. My views are now based solely upon the reading I have done and my opinions are in line or contrast with what I have learnt. For example, Eliot Freidson (1966) stated possession of physical deviance or handicap is a form of deviance. Half of this statement relates to a deformity or disability, this type of alteration does deviate from the norm but is not something that has been aesthetically changed with intention. If an individual has a deformity or disability I think it is unethical to use the term deviant or to say they deviant from the norm. In today society it is normal for to walk down the road and notice an individual in a wheelchair, or an individual who is blind or deaf. ...read more.


My understanding of social control after reading and attending the lectures has been confirmed but again slightly altered after reading the Introduction chapter from Owen Jones' book Chavs. Social control determines and regulates what is deviant behaviour, regardless of whether this is controlled informally or formally. Both inflict negativity attached to deviant behaviour. My opinion of deviant behaviour has also changed when looking at it in relation to social control. Social control determines what is acceptable and unacceptable not just as far a criminal law is concerned, but also within social groups, sub and counter cultures. How we view and judge people is influenced by the opinions of others, our families, friends and also by how people and are portrayed in the media and news. I don't believe any individual should be judged on appearance, class, the choices they have made, their gender, sexuality or race. But unfortunately it is something we all do, after studying this module I am more open in the way that I view people that are not the same as myself. This is because I am aware how society tries to control what should be seen as normal, but as humans we are all individual and there is no 'norm' there is only an ideal self, how society would like everyone to be and conform. ...read more.

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