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NCJ Number: 65684 Find in a Library
Title: ETHNIC STATUS - AN INTERPRETIVE DEVICE USED IN THE DEFINITION AND MANAGEMENT OF DEVIANT BEHAVIOR
Author(s): F B BONNER
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 170
Sponsoring Agency: UMI Dissertation Services
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
Sale Source: UMI Dissertation Services
300 North Zeeb Road
P.O. Box 1346
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
United States of America
Type: Thesis/Dissertation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE INTERPRETIVE PROCESS OF LABELING DEVIANT AND NON-DEVIANT BEHAVIOR WAS STUDIED IN A BLACK COMMUNITY TO DETERMINE HOW ETHNIC STATUS INFLUENCES THE DEFINITION AND MANAGEMENT OF DEVIANCE.
Abstract: RESEARCH WAS CONDUCTED WITHIN THE BLACK COMMUNITY OF 300 PEOPLE IN A SMALL SOUTHEAST TEXAS TOWN WITH A POPULATION OF 1012. REPRESENTING 20 FAMILIES THROUGH MARRIAGE AND KINSHIP TIES, 14 INFORMANTS PARTICIPATED IN THE STUDY. METHODS INCLUDED PARTICIPANT OBSERVATION AND TAPED INTERVIEWS WITH INFORMANTS. THE INTERVIEWS CONSISTED OF ASKING PERSONS TO STATE THE MEANING OF THE 'TALK'--THE UTTERANCES WHICH WERE USED TO DESCRIBE AND DISCUSS BEHAVIOR. FINDINGS SHOWED THAT BLACKS USED ETHNIC CATEGORIES THAT DEFINE COMMUNITY RELATIONS TO ALSO EXPLAIN TYPES OF DEVIANCE THAT DO NOT FIT THE 'CONVENTIONAL' SOCIOLOGICAL MODELS. THESE TERMS INCLUDED: 'BEING CAUGHT,' 'CAUSING GRIEF,' AND 'MESSING UP YOUR LIFE.' IN ADDITION, CONVENTIONAL LABELS OF DEVIANCE WERE OFTEN IGNORED OR PERCEIVED AS BEING 'NORMAL,' SUCH AS PASSING STOLEN GOODS. BLACKS IN THE COMMUNITY DO NOT PERCEIVE THEMSELVES AS LAWLESS PEOPLE BUT RATHER AS INTERACTING IN A CONTEXT WHICH THEY INTERPRET AS BEING INIMICAL TO THEIR WELL-BEING WITH NO POWER TO CHANGE IT. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT IT MAY BE FRUITFUL FOR SOCIOLOGISTS TO USE AN INTERPRETIVE MODEL TO EXAMINE BLACK AND OTHER MINORITY COMMUNITIES WITHIN METROPOLITAN AREAS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ETHNICITY AND CRIME. REFERENCES AND APPENDICES ARE PROVIDED. (DEG)
Index Term(s): Attitudes; Black/African Americans; Cultural influences; Deviance; Jargon; Offense classification; Role perception; Social psychology; Socioculture
Note: SPECIAL PRICES FOR ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS RICE UNIVERSITY - DOCTORAL THESIS
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