sociology of deviance and difference exam


This is a sociology of deviance and difference examination term paper . Interpreting questions and finding additional sources are part of this process.
Exams must be typewritten. AT LEAST four different references must be used for each essay. This is a minimum, not a maximum number.
Wordlength: 2,500 words total Weighting: 55%
Answer TWO of the following questions provided and each question hold approximately 1250 words. each question should be done separately from the other.
1. ‘The sociology of deviance is dead’. Evaluate this claim, addressing whether the idea of ‘difference’ is a more useful way of viewing norm-breaking practices than ‘deviance’.
2. Using at least one sociological theory to examine public debate over obesity, explore how the body is a key site for the social construction of deviance.
3. How can labelling theory assist our understanding of how mental illness can be viewed as deviant?
• Essays must be fully referenced. Wherever ideas, words, or tables are taken from
another source, a reference must be provided. The bibliography does not count towards
the word limit.
• Essays must be typed and double spaced with generous margins. If a computer or
typewriter is not available, the essay must be neatly printed. Unreadable essays will not
be given a pass.
• Essays must conform to the Harvard referencing system (no footnotes!), and students
must not reference lecture notes (find the idea in the library). You can find more information about the referencing of assignments under the heading ‘Referencing’ in this guide.
• Points will be deducted for late essays, missing references and citations. Plagiarism will be treated extremely seriously.
• Students must NOT COPY FROM THE INTERNET. The internet may be used, but these texts must be referenced appropriately. Do not rely on internet sources. They are often unreliable and unscholarly. Sociological texts with identified authors must be the main source for essays.
In the marking of essays, the marker will be looking for the following: 1. Relevance of the answer to the question
2. Ability to understand the theoretical issues and concepts
3. Ability to analyse and interpret the work of others
4. Evidence of research and preparation
5. Effective use of evidence/data/sources
6. Clarity of expression, grammar, punctuation, spelling and proof-reading 7. Capacity to sustain an organised, coherent and persuasive argument 8. Originality of argument and expression
9. Referencing and citation practices.

Below are the required readings for the questions provided. please confirm that you have access to the following readings as you should base your research and argument on this readings.

background readings:
Roach Anleu, S 2003, ‘Deviance and social control’ in Jureidini, R, & Poole, M (eds)
Sociology: Australian Connections, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, pp.312-338. Downes, D, & Rock, P 2003, Understanding Deviance: A guide to the Sociology of Crime
and Rule Breaking, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 104-140.
Bendle, M.F 1999, ‘The death of the sociology of deviance?’, Journal of Sociology vol. 35,
no. 1, pp. 42-59
Costello, B.J 2006, ‘Cultural relativism and the study of deviance’, Sociological Spectrum,
vol. 26, pp. 581-594
(See Sociological Spectrum Vol. 26, No. 6/Nov-Dec 2006 for a response by Goode and
Costello’s counter-response about the future of ‘deviance’)

Required readings:
Adorno, T.W 1991, The Culture Industry, Routledge, London. pp.85-92.
Thornton, S 1995, Club Cultures: Music, media and subcultural capital, Polity, Cambridge.

QUESTION 2:Required readings

Crossley, N 2004, ‘Fat is a Sociological Issue: Obesity rates in late modern, ‘body-conscious’
societies’, Social Theory & Health, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 222–253.
Rich, E, & Evans, J 2005, ‘Fat Ethics: The obesity discourse and body politics’, Social
Theory & Health, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 341-358.
Scheff, T.J 1999, ‘The role of the mentally ill and the dynamics of mental disorder: A
research framework’, in S.H Traub & C.B Little (eds.), Theories of Deviance, State University of New York at Cortland, NYC. pp. 397-415

QUESTION 3 required readings-

Horowitz, A 2002, Creating Mental Illness, University of Chicago Press, Chicago. (pp. 1-18: _____Introduction: The proliferation of mental illness).
Whitaker, R 2005, ‘Anatomy of an Epidemic: Psychiatric drugs and the astonishing rise of _____mental illness in America’, Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. _____23-35.



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