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    Discussion of in-groups and out-groups

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    Think of a situation you have encountered or have heard of in which there were in-groups and out-groups (previous/current workplace, high school, etc.).

    Describe a few of the groups
    What traits account for the groups falling into each category?
    What types of influences did those groups have on their members?

    Describe the major forms and theoretical causes of social deviance.

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    First off, in high school, this is very prevalent. Interestingly, in my high school, the "in" group was the kids that were partying a lot, drinking, smoking and engaging in immoral and illegal behavior. Because my group of friends played sports and steered away from those activities, we were called "prudes" and not invited to be in the "in" group. Although we were doing the right thing by not engaging in illegal behavior, we were cast out. This is not always the case in high school classes of students, but it was the case in my class. What happened though was that by senior year, this group had lost a lot. Many had been arrested, been kicked off of athletic teams, ruined their grade point average and so on. While my group was looking forward to college and having a great senior year, the others were ...

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    The solution discusses in-groups and out-groups and theories that explain them. Social deviance is also discussed in the context of group influence. The text contains 540 words and references.