A Situation That Illustrates Deviance That I Have Personally From A Middle Class European Family

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A situation that illustrates deviance that I have personally been involved in would be my adoption. I was born in Seoul, South Korea and was adopted because my parents were teenagers and couldn’t afford to keep me. I was adopted into a Middle Class European family and am the oldest child of the family. My sister is also adopted from Korea, but we are not biological. My adoption is deviant in two ways. The first is that my biological parents were teenagers which presents a deviance from the traditional sense of that having children should be had after marriage. In addition, it presents another deviance due to my parents and I being of different races, and break the traditional homogeneity of family structure here in the United States. My adoption can be analyzed through the sociological lenses of Symbolic Interaction, Functionalism and Conflict Theory. Through the Labeling theory, it can help analyze my adoption through the eyes of a Symbolic Interaction lens. Labeling Theory states that “the significance of reputations, how they help set us on paths that propel us into deviance or divert us away from it” (Henslin: 205). In other words, through the symbolic importance of certain labels that are given to an individual, it can determine the outcome of whether an individual wants to pursue deviant acts or not. One of the labels I have is “adopted” or “adoptee”. This label signifies the fact that I am not biologically related to the family that I live with, however, I have…

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