The Saints and the. Roughnecks. William l Chambliss. Eight promising young men-children of good, stable, white upper-middle-class families, active in school af. 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. Chambliss “The saints and the roughnecks”. This article discusses deviance. Throughout class we have talked about issues as being “socially constructed.

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Chambliss conducted a study of the Saints and the Roughnecks, two teenage delinquent groups.

The school can view the Roughnecks more positively before and after the Roughnecks seize or decrease their deviant mannerisms. On the contrary, the Roughnecks were middle class ths who were treated as criminals, would steal from local stores to buy alcohol, fight constantly and receive barely passing grades in school. Perspectives across time and place, 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.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Social Conflict and Symbolic Interactionism may best tje 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.

Other theories Other theories may also sociologically explain the behavior of the two groups. It postulates that that crime and deviance occur when the collective conscience is weakened, anomie, which is the condition of normlessness, pervades society. Thus, this economic difference would help shape the distinct careers. 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.


Roughmecks, the Saints, as they were saiints as better citizens, would successfully exceed in the future theoretically because the community perceived them as committing no or little delinquency, teh would save them from legal or authoritative impeachment.

Email address for updates. It chamlbiss 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.

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. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Legitimizing racial oppression riughnecks creating moral panics WJ Chambliss Ethnicity, race, and crime: New articles by this author.

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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. In the case of the Roughnecks, the police and family can perform their functions.

On the contrary, the more posh Saints would use excuses of academic leadership and apologetic thoughts to fool the teachers and policeman, respectively.

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The Social Conflict and Symbolic Integrationist perspectives explain the deviant situation most efficiently. This “Cited by” count includes citations to the following articles in Scholar.

The Saints versus The Roughnecks: A Sociological Study

Articles 1—20 Show more. Firstly, the functions of the school, family and the police must be stricter upon the Saints. Chamblisss, corruption, bureaucracy, and power WJ Chambliss Wis. The saints and the roughnecks WJ Chambliss Society 11 1, Because of their more visible and physically closer deviance, which included fighting, the Roughnecks were labeled by the community as dangerous, delinquent teenagers. Functionalism, Symbolic Interactionism Labeling Theory and the Conflict Theory can all help to create social policies for both groups.

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William Chambliss “The Saints and the Roughnecks”

Notify me of new comments via email. New citations to this author. The Saints were higher class individuals who were perceived as well dressed, highly achieving, diligent students.