Question 1. Based on the readings about crime and drugs and based on the course


Question 1. Based on the readings about crime and drugs and based on the course notes: (a)
What factors can shape the development of a criminal “career”? Explain how they do so. (b)
What factors can influence a trajectory out of a criminal “career”? Explain how.
Question 2. Based on the readings about mental illness and based on the course notes: (a) In
what ways does society make it difficult for those who are, or are labeled, as mentally ill to be
viewed as “normal”? (b) How can societal conditions (e.g., culture) contribute to mental illness?
Question 3. Based on the readings on homelessness and based on the course notes: (a) How can
stigma affect individuals who are homeless? (b) What strategies can the homeless use to deflect
and manage stigma? (c) How do those who help the homeless potentially contribute to
stigmatization of the homeless?
Readings/ Recourses
Adler, P., A., and Adler, P. (2016). Constructions of Deviance: Social Power, Context, and Interaction. Cengage.
Fitting In and Fighting Back: Homeless Kids’ Stigma Management Strategies (Roschelle
and Kaufman in A&A, ch. 32)
Rayburn, Rachel L., and Nicholas A. Guittar. 2013. “‘This Is Where You Are Supposed to
Be’: How Homeless Individuals Cope with Stigma.” Sociological Spectrum 33:159-174.
Rogers, Laura E. 2015. “‘Helping the Helpless Help Themselves’: How Volunteers and
Employees Create a Moral Identity While Sustaining Symbolic Boundaries within a
Homeless Shelter.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 1-31.


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