How My Deviance Affected My Social Standing

965 Words Jun 15th, 2018 4 Pages
While understanding and studying the foundations of a norm (a rule or guideline regarding what kinds of behavior are acceptable and appropriate within culture) that was broken, I researched and it was shown that my group membership would be placed in the secondary group (larger, less intimate groups). The deviance (a behavior, trait, belief, or other characteristic that violates a norm and causes a negative reaction) that occurred was shown in the membership of a secondary group because the norm that was broken was proposed while being in a classroom of students of a large group, that were considered as members that were organized around a specific goal such as receiving a high school diploma. The deviance that occurred is placed in the …show more content…
When deviance took place, I promised that I would never do anything like that again. Suddenly, I knew what I did was wrong because of the punishment I received at home and school. I knew for a fact that would be my last time cheating on a test. I didn’t have to leave class, but I did stop the deviant behavior because I knew it wasn’t a good thing, and could stay with me forever if I ever tried it again. Personally, I would characterize my deviance as primary deviance (the initial act or attitude that causes one to be labeled deviant). My deviance was exhibited as primary deviance because of the way I was treated in school for those past two days. I was labeled as an “cheater”. The two days that I was labeled as a “cheater” made me think of the labeling theory (Howard Becker’s idea that deviance is a consequence of external judgements, or labels, that modify the individual’s self-concept and change the way others respond to the labeled person). When going through this deviant predicament really opened my eyes to never cheat again and to always ask for help when needed.
When reading the article that was assigned for our Group Dynamics and Personal Deviance paper, I evaluated the techniques and discovered that my deviance would be identified as “Denial of responsibility”. I examined and realized that my
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