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Sociologists stress that the definition of what is deviant varies from time to time and from place to place. Some people feel that our society is moving toward regarding cigarette smoking as deviant. Do you agree? If so, how is this being accomplished?

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The changes in smoking has occurred in numerous areas. If you think about the critical agents of socialization: family, peers, school, work and the media, you can find examples as to how and where ideas about smoking have changed in the U.S.

In the mid-1990s a handful of state governments sued the major tobacco companies in the U.S. for selling a harmful product. The basic argument was that they knew cigarettes were harmful but hid or downplayed their addictive nature and also used the media to make cigarette smoking desirable and marketed to children. You can see this in advertising campaigns such as The Marlboro Man and Joe Camel. The governments wanted these companies to pay for the increased burden on the states in terms of health ...

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1) Describe an example of a television program that clearly displays social deviance, and explain why you specifically selected it.
2) In this television program, how are people "labeled" as socially deviating from the expected social norms, and who does this labeling?
3) Analyze the deviance, using terms such as primary deviance, secondary deviance, retrospective labeling, and stigma.
4) Apply Durkheim's four functions of deviance to the deviant actions in the television program. What purpose(s) does the deviance play?

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