Sociology

Theories about how Society Influences Behavior



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Inequality in society is rife and affects every race, religion and social class. Society has compartmentalized who and what is expected from a person, establishment,etc. Understanding this idea should help put many occurrences that happen in the world today in perspective. However, acceptance is not always granted or given freely.

Societies view on deviant behavior is scoffed at if it is not the accepted norm for any particular culture. The norm can have many meanings; here are a few examples; if one lives in a wealthy neighborhood and everyone keeps their yards well groomed, and one person on the block does not keep his or her grass mowed, and debris is all around his yard. This person is labeled a deviant. Then we can go to the other end of the spectrum where people who break the laws of the land whether they are thieves, sexual predators or murders are also considered deviants, or at the very least display deviant behavior.

Punishment is in place for people with deviant behavior to receive retribution. In some cases people are locked away in jails or prisons for breaking the law. Others who do not necessarily break written laws such as the person that has an unkempt yard my just face fines to make sure he conforms to the norm. Then there are the homeless who are arrested for being beggars' or vagrants and sleep on the streets. Some feel this is a way to change their behavior. However, it rarely if ever works. The idea of punishment does not always work. Popular opinion believes there should be more rehabilitation and therapy people who are deviants. Yet this is rarely offered due to the cost of such programs.

The difference between deviance and social inequality is which majority holds the power in the community of society. The people who are normally in the majority are the people that make our laws, and the ones that many consider normal in the community according to their actions and the laws that are enforced; these people who live in homes, and not on the streets.

If society could look beyond monetary wealth, skin color, language barriers, religions, etc. our world would be more peaceful and forgiving. However, this problem has existed since time began and though there have been some strides in the right direction, society has many more hurtles before these prejudices are erased, if it is possible for them to ever be removed at all.

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