Vocabulary of Motives Regarding the Vancouver and Olympic Protests

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The purpose of this paper is to relate situated actions and vocabularies of motives with contemporary resistance stories regarding the Vancouver and Olympic protest in relation to the way they are portrayed in mainstream news sources. This paper will demonstrate an understanding towards criminological theories as well as the work of C.W. Mills. Mills (1940) suggest we need to follow four main steps in order to fully understand situated actions and vocabularies of motives. First we need to locate the general conditions in which the action occurred. Secondly, we must look at the explanation given and look for what is missing. Third, we must look at how the explanations are linked to motives with a specific look at identity and order. …show more content…

People use vocabularies of motives for two forms of accounts; excuses and justifications. Finally through this specific article we see the division between deviance and the “normalized population”. The protestors are not using their motives to become entirely deviant, it states they respect the Olympic committee and will protest in a peaceful matter. When we consider the Russia Olympic Committee (or the Russia society) and the reasoning behind why this activity is occurring, we note a number of what Matza and Sykes call “Techniques of neutralization”. These techniques look at how people “neutralize” the conventional values through “techniques” such as the denial of responsibility and appeal to higher loyalties (Ferrell et al. 2008). The Russian Olympic Committee continues to state that they are not responsible for the possible threat of terrorist’s attacks; they also continue to blame “open” athletes as being part of the problem. Russia’s anti-gay law outlaws gay propaganda around children. President Putin states in a The Atlantic article that the athletes would stay safe if they stayed away from the children. Here we are able to see appeal to higher loyalties from them stating that it is not their fault if something happens, its someone else’s (or the states) fault. To begin the analysis of Mills four steps of vocabularies of motives we will look at a specific CTV article which illustrates questions about security in

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