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A Desensitzed Society-Deviant Assignment-Snow Skiing in the Summer
Accomplishments of the Sugar Act and the Stamp Act , The
America's Struggle with British Oppression
back talking to parents-deviant assignment
Breaking the Norm (Deviant Observation Report)
Changing Demographics of the Virginia Colony's Laborers, The
Coloring with deviance-Deviant assignment
Criticisms and counter efforts on the influence of the “Barbie Image” in America
Deviant Times in Chicago (Deviant Assignment)
Digital Dating Experience, The
Dinner and a Show-Deviant Project Derry
Dog Gone Wild
Domestic Violence in African American Homes
Domestic Violence in American Homes
Effects of Fox News and MSNBC on America's Politcial Views
Emotional And Psychological Effects Of Abortion On American Women
Enlightenment Period, The
Environmental Transformation of America by the Native North American Inhabitants, The
Equality In Marriage
Equality in the Eyes of the Revolutionary Leaders
Extent of Truisms in American Comedy on Blue Collar Values, The
Factors that Encouraged Europeans’ to Pursue Voyages of Exploration
Failure of Georgia's Small Farmer's Utopia, The
Faults and Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
Footies in Walmart (Deviant Assignment)
George Grenville's Acts, The
How did the Iroquois nation gain strength from its contacts with white colonies?
How the war affected black slaves during the Civil War
Human Trafficking - It Happens Here, It's Happening Now
Influence of Barbie on Gender Identity
It's too d*** hot for a penguin to just be walking around here!
Jabbar's Deviant Assignment (Deviant Observation Report)
John's Deviant Assignment (Deviant Observation Report)
Lagrange Road Drag Racing at 5mph (Deviant Assignment)
Let's Dance (Deviant Observation Report)
Manifest Dysfunctions of Internet Dating
MVCC SOC 102-592 S1-3
Protected Shopping (Deviant Assignment)
Puking In Public- Deviant Assignment
Roaming Free (Deviant Assignment)
Role of Sugar and Tobacco in Virginia and the Caribbean Colonies, The
Sexuality, Teens, and the Media
Slavery in America - Sex Trafficking
Slaves Lives during the War - Revolutionary War
soup...salad...with a side of awkwardness
Speedo on the Beach- Deviant Assignment
Sugar Act & Stamp Act – George Grenville Generating Revenue
Sugar and Tobacco in Virginia and the Caribbean
Taylor's Deviant Assignment (Deviant Observation Report)
War on terror in a functionalist’s perspective
What role did the Congregational church play in life of New England villages?
What role did the Congregational church play in the life of New England villages?
When Summer and Winter Meet - Deviant Assignment
Why Didn’t New England Develop a Slave Based Plantation Economy?
Institutional Supports for Abortion in America
Coloring with deviance-Deviant assignment
Coloring with Deviance
Breaking a norm is something that no one really thinks about. Simply doing things different than other people gets reactions. Society has expectations for each person and when one person breaks one of these expectations, we receive sanctions or either a punishment or rewards depending on your action. In order to understand sanctions and expectations, I conducted an experiment by breaking a norm.
In order to see what society expects from a shopper, my friend and I went to the mall and broke a norm there. For my experiment I had a bag of crayons and my friend brought coloring books and we decided to simply sit next to a fountain and color. Even walking into the mall, we got stares. I was holding a bag of crayons and many people simply stared at it then stared at me and my friend. It shows that even when you carry something other than a shopping bag at the mall people see you differently and treat you different. I broke the norm of what to hold while shopping and that was the sanction I received.
When we finally reached the fountain, we decided to break a second norm. We decided instead of sitting on a bench and color, we would sit in front of it. So we simply sat down in front of the fountain on the floor and pulled out our coloring books and crayons. At first, people just walked by and pretended not to see us. When I started taking notes about what the people were doing, I noticed other sanctions we received. Some people stared directly in my eyes and then looked away. Other people just stared the complete opposite direction and just kept walking like we weren’t there. Then, there were some people who would make eye contact and then smile at us. It was hard to collect data since you have to color and try to look at people’s reactions at the same time. That was one reason why I brought a friend. So while she was coloring, I could be taking some notes about the other shoppers and also color at the same time. She also knew about the experiment and also helped me take notes about people that I might have missed and how they reacted. It was good to have a second set of eyes for this experiment.
We sat next to the fountain and colored for about twenty minutes and most of the time we just received stares or smiles. However, there were two other instances that we received more than that. There was this one family coming up from behind us. There was one little boy and girl and their mother who was carrying a baby. They walked right by us and the little boy saw us. He simply said “I like your drawing” and smiled at us. The little girl also smiled and nodded her head in agreement to her brother. It was a positive sanction that we received and I even couldn’t help but smile at it. Then, the family simply walked away and went on to continue shopping.
The second time someone actually stopped to talk to us was with a security man. He was walking by and saw us coloring on the floor. He at first smiled and then walked over to us. He asked us why we were sitting on the floor. The man did not care that we were coloring he just asked us to “take your artistic skills over to the benches behind the fountain”. I believe he said this so we would not be in the front of it exposed to everyone and also so we could still color. He also said that it was not right to sit on the floor and not allowed at the mall. So we did what the security man asked and moved to a bench behind the fountain and hidden from the other shoppers.
There was where I continued the experiment to see people’s reactions in an environment that we were more secluded. However, the experiment failed at that point since not many people were interacting with us. We saw about one or two people walk by us. That was when I decided to end the experiment since I believed I did get a lot of data and say the many sanctions and saw what people truly expected from normal shoppers.
Society expects shoppers to come into the mall and buy what appeals to them and leave. When they see someone preforming an act that doesn’t relate to these expectations, they receive sanctions. From simply stares to being told to move, these sanctions put people in their place and show them how to shop and what not to do at the mall which includes coloring next to the fountain in the middle of the mall.
This is the fountain that my friend and i sat in front of. We sat on the left hand side by the smaller fountain. As you can see it is right in the middle of the mall where many shoppers pass through to get to the shops they want to visit.
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