Essay on Deviance in the Film Sleepers

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Deviance in the Film Sleepers

Deviance is the behavior and the standards of expectations of a group or society. It is also behavior that is considered dangerous, threatening or offensive. The people that are deviant are often labeled to be weirdos, oddballs, or creeps. In the United States, people with tattoos, drug addicts, alcoholics, and compulsive gamblers are all considered deviant. Sociologists believe that everybody is deviant from time to time. They believe each person will violate a social norm in certain situations. People are considered deviant if they don't stand for the national anthem at a sports event, dress casually to a fancy restaurant, or skip classes. One category of deviance is Crime. Crime is a violation of norms
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Involvement is the amount of time or energy you spend on legit conventional activities. Belief is whether or not a person believes in moral validity of the law and their respect for authority.

In Sleepers the boys were all deviant. One instance in particular of being deviant is stealing the hot dog. All four of the boys were laying on top of a roof on a hot summer day with nothing to do. They were all hungry and bored when they saw the hot dog vendor standing on the corner. Michael asked the boys if they wanted to steal a hot dog to get food. The boys at first did not want to do it, but then they thought about it and realized they didn't really have anything to lose. The worst that they thought could happen was that they didn't get any hot dogs. The plan was that one of the boys would up and asks for a hot dog. Then after he is handed the hot dog from the vendor he runs off. This leaves two options for the vendor. One, he can let boy run off with the dog. This would be good because then they would have gotten that one hot dog for free. The second option the vendor has is to chase the boy. This doesn't sound good but it is actually better. If the vendor goes to chase him then he leaves his hot dog cart all alone for the other boys to go through and get all the free hot dogs they want. By thinking this all through the boys thought they had nothing to loss and the reward would be much greater than the lose could be. The boys Attachment factor is very low. The
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