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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
John's Deviant Assignment (Deviant Observation Report)
John's Deviant Assignment
is defined as the violation of norms that a society agrees upon. This is someone acting or behaving in an abnormal way that others would not consider “normal”. Breaking of norms happens in today’s society every day, whether it’s purposeful like people expressing themselves or accidental. The deviant act that I was involved in was a car accident.
The accident happened around 7:45am on Tuesday, June 7, 2011. This occurrence was located at the intersection of 127th street and Pulaski Avenue. It all happened when I was driving with my co-worker Joe Gallagher to our first set up of the day for Dino Jump. We had six jumps to set up that morning so we loaded up the trailer with all of the equipment. When we were within minutes of reaching our destination in Blue Island, a Chevrolet Venture minivan slams on the breaks right as the stoplight just turned yellow. Without hesitation, I quickly slam on the breaks but knew that the weight of the trailer would send me skidding into the rear end of the minivan. The deviant act was breaking society’s norms of getting in another “reckless teenage” car crash. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, accounting for more than one in three deaths in this age group. In 2009, eight teens, ages sixteen to nineteen died every day from motor vehicle injuries. Per mile driven, teen drivers ages sixteen to nineteen are four times more likely than older drivers to crash.
After pulling over, I quickly got out of the company vehicle to observe the situation. The first reaction I studied was Joe’s while we were slowly sliding downhill. He was nervous and also bracing himself, and after he was in awe about the whole situation. Secondly, I observed the elderly
man who was in the minivan. He was very angry and upset because not only was the rear end of the older car smashed but he knew if he went through the yellow light this would have all been avoided. However, he wasn’t too upset because he decided not to get the police involved. Shortly afterward, I studied the reactions of other witnesses. Some people ignored the situation while opposing traffic slowed down to look and watch us as they passed by. The traffic behind us had a different reaction. They were angry and confused; a semi-truck driver honked his horn because of the minor traffic jam we were causing. I noticed that while everyone else was looking at us, we were considered to be the
but to the three of us, the
, we were the
. I was in disgust at my first ever car accident but also in shock. After seeing society’s responses to my action I was also embarrassed. The gentleman was most likely an
as he could barely speak English let alone his strong accent but still we exchanged information and we both continued by heading to work. In addition, due to
George Herbert Meads’ symbolic interactionsm
, I was able to see the conflict theory and use research methods to successfully study the nonverbal communication of everyone either through hand gestures, body language, or facial expressions. For example, I was able to tell Joe’s reaction the way he closed his eyes and braced himself in the car. I was able to tell bystander’s reactions by the rolling of eyes, honking of vehicles, or upset facial expressions and their acts of
. And for the elderly foreigner, I was able to tell his reaction by the tone of his voice and hand gestures.
In conclusion, the deviant act that I participated in was an early morning car accident. The estimated grand total of the damage cost is approximately 1,700 dollars. As the
of the person at fault, I am personally held responsible for the damages to the vehicle but luckily no court, traffic school, or fine fees. Who knew a Sociology assignment would teach me a life lesson.
Carl, J. D. (2010).
. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Injury Prevention & Control
Motor Vehicle Safety
Centers For Disease Control and
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