Chapter 7 Deviance and Crime

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 In what ways is obesity punished or censured in our society

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So now I’m a sinner because I’m overweight? And getting help from “society” (presumably, thin “experts”) or dying are my only choices? And according to so-called bioethicist Daniel Callahan, a senior research scholar and president emeritus of The Hastings Center, I deserve to be deliberately, relentlessly, publicly shamed for being overweight because I am literally and figuratively a burden on society and something must be done? 

Anyone who is as heavy as I am, regardless of any other aspect of my health, apparently deserves scorn, censure and outright discrimination (denial of health or life insurance, perhaps? You betcha!). So if people point at me and laugh when I’m out walking my dogs, call me “fatty, fatty two-by-four,” question whether I can fit in the seat when I make an airline reservation, or refuse to allow me to order dessert when I’m at a restaurant, that will “help” me change my “evil ways”?

Sure it will.


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Deviance and Crime Assignment

  1. Deviance is defined as “any action, belief, or human characteristic that members of a society or social group consider a violation of group norms for which the violator is likely to be censured or punished.”  In what ways is obesity punished or censured in our society? Do you believe that this should be the case? Why or why not? In what ways is race 'punished' or privileged in our society? 
  2. Do you think hoarding is a psychological condition?  Do you think reality shows that profile hoarders help people understand hoarding, or do they exploit their condition? Why does our society sensationalize issues such as this in your opinion?
  3. What do you think of Jack Levin’s assertions about crime?  Why are they considered so controversial?  Which do you think is the most controversial and why? (Be detailed in your response). 
  4. How do you think social class influences the reaction to drug use among teens?  Why are poor teens more likely to go to jail for drug use than more affluent teens? Why are their differences in the treatment of blacks and whites who are convicted of the same drug offenses? What can/should we do to change this?

 Please make sure that you answer each question as completely as possible. Each question should be at least a paragraph in length.


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