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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The policing of law WJ Chambliss Soc. 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.

This “Cited by” count includes citations to the following articles in Scholar. The Social Conflict and Symbolic Integrationist perspectives explain the deviant situation most efficiently. Furthermore, he expanded this by developing modes of adaption, ways in which the individual reaches his or her goal.

On the ad, the more posh Saints would use excuses of academic leadership and apologetic thoughts to fool the teachers and policeman, respectively. Crime control and ethnic minorities: New articles by this author. asints

StudySpot: Notes: “The Saints and the Roughnecks” by William J. Chambliss

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. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Chambliss conducted a study of the Saints and the Roughnecks, two teenage delinquent groups. Firstly, though, how the Roughnecks were viewed must be evaluated first. In clearer words, Herb and Jack broke off the deviance pattern, whereas Ruoghnecks could not.


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. No verified email – Homepage. Functionalism, Symbolic Interactionism Labeling Theory and the Conflict Theory can all help to create social policies for both groups.

But the Symbolic Interactionism perspective would best describe the reasons for the career outcomes. Get my own profile Cited by View all All Since Citations h-index 37 21 iindex 62 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. On the other hand, the Roughnecks would have to steal to get money and buy alcohol through a drunkard.

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.

Deviance is challenging action against any regard of social order, and crime can be considered a deviant act that breaks law. It can 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 chmbliss.

The Saints versus The Roughnecks: A Sociological Study

Policing the ghetto underclass: 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. Applying the theories — what works? To prevent their delinquency, the Roughnecks and the Saints must be perceived differently by the community.


The Saints were higher class individuals who were perceived as well dressed, highly achieving, diligent students. In fact, two modes, innovation and ritualism, can be noticed. The Roughnecks did not possess enough financial power to roam around and avoid staying in or visiting a same area more than once. Also, the Roughnecks can roughnecis 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.

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This site uses cookies. Ethnicity, race, and crime: Thus, this may have caused anomie, which Roughneck Merton used to describe a society where means and goals are not harmonious to a point in which a strain is caused between them. In fact, the Roughnecks had to remain very close to their core community and were constantly observed by teachers and policeman during times of loitering and other deviant actions.

The following articles are merged in Scholar. The saints and the roughnecks WJ Chambliss Society 11 1,