In WA1, you will use the
concepts from our class to help you to understand and explain your own deviant
behavior. Construct a 3 page paper that fully explores each of the four
1. What deviant behavior have I
committed? Describe this behavior and how it impacts your
life. DO NOT conduct a norm-breaking experiment!
Draw upon experiences from your past that allow you to consider your
relationship to norms and deviance. IMPORTANT: You will
refrain from explaining anything that I would have to report to the
authorities! Think of minor deviant acts such as speeding, wearing
different clothing or holding alternative points of view.
2. How would a positivistexplain
my deviant behavior? Explain the questions a positivist would ask.
Then, answer those questions as they would pertain to understanding you
and your personal behavior. This is not a general
analysis; remember that you are applying all concepts/theories toward
understanding your deviance.
3. How would a social constructionistexplain
my deviant behavior? Explain the questions a constructionist would
ask. Then, answer those questions as they would pertain to understanding
the social norms relating to your specific behavior. Again, this
is not a general analysis; remember that you are applying all concepts/theories
toward understanding your deviance.
4. What other concepts or theories
from our textbook help me to understand this behavior as deviant
behavior? Use at least two concepts or theories from our textbook
to help you to explain your behavior and/or reactions to your behavior.
Remember this is not a general analysis of others’ deviance; how can these
concepts help you to understand your own deviance?
forget to include proper APA-style in-text citation and a reference for our
textbook; see our syllabus for the correct reference. All
concepts/theories will be from our textbook. No other resources are
required for this assignment, but APA citations/references are required for all
Ã˜Formatting: This paper will be typed and
double-spaced using 1″ margins and Arial or Times New Roman 12 point font,
and saved as .doc or .rtf file in this format: lastname_SOCI215_WA1.
Sociology is a powerful tool for
understanding ourselves! Enjoy the process of understanding your own
deviance and how it relates to our study of deviance this term!