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- Sociologists explain deviance by three (3) major perspectives: biological, functional conflict, and symbolic interaction. Identify your role, for example, as a parent and which perspective best reflects your personal experience. Discuss the main reasons why this perspective is relevant.
- Review Figure 7.1: “Class in the United States” on page 159 of the textbook, in particular, the typical incomes. Speculate on the typical per capita income for your area. Next, go to the United States Census Bureau’s Website, located at http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/index.html, to determine the actual per capita for your county or region. Compare your perception of your area’s per capita and the actual per capita for your area. If you were close, provide a rationale for your speculation. If there was a major discrepancy between your speculation and the actual per capita, suggest a reason for the discrepancy.
- Identify your role, for example, as a parent and which perspective best reflects your personal experience. Discuss the main reasons why this perspective is relevant. How does your role of one aspect conflict with your role in another aspect, for example, to describe a role strain in your life. How about a role conflict. For instance, can you be both a parent and a friend to your children, and why or why not? What example can you provide where you had to choose one other the other? What about work conflicts with family or school?
- Which theory of deviance do you feel is most credible and why, and which is least credible and why? What examples can you provide to support your view?