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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On the other hand, the Roughnecks would have to steal to get money and buy alcohol through a drunkard. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here New articles by this author. In fact, the Roughnecks had to remain very close to their core community and were constantly observed by teachers and policeman during rougghnecks of loitering and other deviant actions.

Other theories may also sociologically explain the behavior of the two groups. 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.

Firstly, the functions of the school, family and the police must be stricter upon the Saints. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Firstly, though, how the Roughnecks were viewed must be evaluated first.

The school can view the Roughnecks more positively before and after the Roughnecks seize or decrease their deviant mannerisms. The Subculture of Delinquency and the Lower-class Focal Concerns Theory cannot absolutely relate to the Roughnecks and the Saints because the theories study low-class individuals, whereas the the groups are of higher classes. In clearer words, Herb and Jack broke off the deviance pattern, whereas Jerry could not.


It can be argued that most of the Roughnecks perceived no concrete chamgliss success goals, which is why the group spent a substantial amount of their time stealing for alcohol.

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The police can be stricter, but fairer. Applying the theories — what works? New articles related to this author’s research. The Saints were higher class individuals who were perceived as well dressed, highly achieving, diligent students. It postulates that that crime and deviance occur when the collective conscience is weakened, anomie, which is the condition of normlessness, pervades society.

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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. However, the Saints would cheat during tests, lie to the school to leave town and play pranks and drunkenly drive in another town.

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The Roughnecks did not possess enough financial zaints to roam around and avoid staying in or visiting a same area more than once.

Email address for updates. Ethnicity, race, and crime: You are commenting roughjecks your Facebook account. The saints and the roughnecks WJ Chambliss Society 11 1, Thus, this may have caused anomie, which Robert Merton used to describe a society where means and goals are not harmonious to a point in which a strain is caused between them.


Articles 1—20 Show more. Crime control and ethnic minorities: 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. This site uses chamlbiss.

The Saints versus The Roughnecks: A Sociological Study

No verified email – Homepage. Firstly and most blatantly, Social Conflict theorists aand emphasize that the Saints had more wealth, so the Saints roughneckd able to traverse away from local observation.

Moreover, the Roughnecks also relate to attachment and belief, another social control element, because at times they felt school was simply a burden and that the police would be unfair to them at times. 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. Other theories Other theories may also sociologically explain the behavior of the two groups.

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