TAMU SOCI 205 - Conflict Perspective & Symbolic Interactionism (3 pages)

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Texas A&M University
Soci 205 - Intro To Sociology
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SOCI 205 1st Edition Lecture 23 Outline of Last Lecture II Deviance at Salem III Functionalist and Conflict explanations of Salem Witchcraft Trials IV Reading Discussion Weitzer Outline of Current Lecture II Conflict Perspective III Symbolic Interactionism Labeling Theory IV Reading Discussion Western and Pettit Current Lecture II Conflict a Prior to trials increased stratification i 10 of population controlled 62 of the wealth ii Polarization merchants and non merchants b Networks i After 3rd generation 1 Putnams less successful 2 Porters more successful ii Accused witches linked to Porters iii Accusers Putnams iv Porters 1 Less active in local politics more active in the Port 2 Porters beame a symbol of what was wrong in Salem represented harmful capitalism for Putnam and others c Why is religion so important in the conflict i Church a major institution in Puritan society ii Rev Samuel Parris 1 Catalyst in witch trials 2 Came to the church after failed attempts as a businessman 3 Parris sermons preached against capitalism iii Conflict Scholars the cause of conflict in salem was not witchcraft by mercantile capitalism d Conclusions i Witchcraft Trials 1 Functionalist an attempt to reaffirm community identity These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute 2 Conflict an attempt to enforce old way of life a Conflict is manifest along social economic and geographic lines III Symbolic Interactionism Labeling Theory a Why do some people get labeled as deviants and keep that label through their lives b David Rosenhan On Being Sane in Insane Places i Study How being labeled as schizophrenic would change the way they are treated ii Psuedopatients all behavior interpreted consistent with the initial label diagnosis 1 Staff wanted to interpret all behavior as crazy 2 Some of the patients were able to figure it out and realize they were journalists and that they were not crazy but the staff could not figure that out 3 Were friendly and cooperative but could not get out of the hospital 4 Told real stories about their life as opposed to creating false biographies but these stories were interpreted as pathological 5 When the pseudo patients get discharged from hospital it is not said that the schizophrenia was misdiagnosed but rather that it is in remission a Shows how difficult it is to shake a label off iii Follow Up Study 1 Rate Patients over 3 Months Ten Point Scale a 1 being that they think the patient is fake and part of a study b 10 being that they are legitimate c None were fakes several were considered fake simply because the idea that some MAY be fake was brought up 2 Again psychiatric labels stick and are very hard to remove from oneself c Labeling and Race i Devah Pager 1 Race Criminal Record and Labor Market ii Audit Study by Pager 1 Entry level position 2 Identical resumes except for criminal record drugs 3 Each team applied for the same set of jobs 4 Testers alternated being ex con criminal record iii Results of Audit Study 1 White non criminals 34 received call backs 2 3 4 5 6 White ex cons 17 Black non criminal 14 Black ex con 5 Consistent with other studies Effect of criminal record a For whites 50 less likely to get call back 1 2 b For blacks 66 less likely 1 3 IV Reading Discussion Western and Pettit a What explains the explosion of the penal population after 1970 b Why are young black male high school dropouts over represented in prison i Because they commit a disproportionate number of crimes street crimes and are arrested for them c How do high incarceration rates conceal inequality i Most measures for unemployment omits the prison population d How do high incarceration rates increase inequality i Carry a stigma which impacts their ability to become employed later on

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