T/F: The roughnecks got into more legal trouble than the saints. Chambliss found that the labels society gives you can be a self-fulfilling. The saints and the roughnecks. WJ Chambliss. Society 11 (1), , , Power, politics and crime. WJ Chambliss. Westview Press, William J. Chambliss conducted a study of the Saints and the Roughnecks, two teenage delinquent groups. The Saints were higher class.

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This “Cited by” count includes citations to the following articles in Scholar. It can be argued that most of the Roughnecks perceived no concrete or success goals, which is why the group spent a substantial amount of their time stealing for alcohol. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Social Conflict and Symbolic Interactionism may best answer the two analytical questions about why the community viewed the Saints more positively than they viewed the Roughnecks and why their careers were different in terms of expectations.

Because of their more visible and physically closer deviance, which included fighting, the Roughnecks were labeled by the community as dangerous, delinquent teenagers.

Also, the Roughnecks can be described under this theory, in which the criminal and retreatist subcultures relate to the group because both emphasize on alcohol and the latter relates to absence of goals. Ethnicity, race, and crime: The Differential Association Theory theorizes that criminal behaviors are learned through communication with interpersonal groups. Applying the theories — what works?

The Subculture of Delinquency and the Lower-class Focal Concerns Theory cannot absolutely relate to the Roughnecks and the Rougnhecks because the theories study low-class individuals, whereas the the groups are of higher classes.

Deviance is challenging action against any regard vhambliss social order, and crime can be considered a deviant act that breaks law. Conversely, the Saints, as they were labeled as better citizens, would successfully exceed in the future theoretically because the community perceived them as committing no or little delinquency, which would save them from legal or authoritative impeachment.


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The Saints were higher class individuals who were perceived as well dressed, highly achieving, diligent students. The system can’t perform the operation now.

The Roughnecks did not possess enough financial power to roam around and avoid staying in or visiting a same area more than once. Email address for updates. Functionalism, Symbolic Interactionism Labeling Theory and the Conflict Theory can all help to create social policies for both groups.

On the other hand, the Roughnecks would have to steal to get money and buy alcohol through a drunkard. The Social Conflict and Symbolic Integrationist perspectives explain the deviant situation most efficiently. In other words, the police should only accuse or take any authoritative action when a criminal act is confirmed, rather than just giving pointless threats to the Roughnecks.

The Saints versus The Roughnecks: A Sociological Study

Furthermore, he expanded this by developing modes of adaption, ways in which the individual reaches his or her goal. Roughnrcks are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Firstly and most blatantly, Social Conflict theorists would emphasize that the Saints had more wealth, so the Saints were able to traverse away from local observation.

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Email required Address never made public. On the contrary, the Roughnecks were middle class teenagers who were treated as criminals, would steal from local stores to buy alcohol, fight constantly and receive barely passing grades in school. But the Symbolic Interactionism perspective would best describe the reasons for the career outcomes. The following articles are merged in Scholar. The police can be stricter, but fairer. You are commenting using your Facebook account.


Perspectives across time and place, New articles related to this author’s research. To prevent their delinquency, the Roughnecks and the Saints must be perceived differently by the community.

In the case of the Roughnecks, the police and family can perform their functions. Legitimizing racial oppression by creating moral panics WJ Chambliss Ethnicity, race, and crime: Their combined citations are counted only for the first article. Notify me of new comments via email.

Policing the ghetto underclass: Chambliss conducted a study of the Saints and the Roughnecks, two teenage delinquent groups. In clearer words, Herb and Jack broke off the deviance pattern, whereas Jerry could not. However, when the deviant acts do occur in the distant town, the police should be punctual of the law and refrain from listening to begging.

Additionally, the Saints would manipulate laws and regulations because their socio-economic status awarded them with close contact with those in legislative or lawful power. In fact, the Roughnecks had to remain very close to their core community and were constantly observed by teachers and policeman during times of loitering and other deviant actions. Types of deviance and the effectiveness of legal sanctions WJ Chambliss Wis.

Social conflict theorists also argue that the higher class individuals, the Saints, in this case, would attempt to maintain their standard; however, the Roughnecks would ignorantly talk back to people of authority. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here:

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