Goal displacement

  1. Goal displacement occurs when people focus on small details and forget the big picture. Based on your research, what are some good examples of this. Justify your reasoning.
  2. Your textbook suggests that deviance can (sometimes) promote social change (of a society). What are some historical examples of this occurring? Explain your reasoning.
  3. Travis Hirschi suggested that the bond to society is composed of four elements. What are those elements and why are they important?
  4. What are some the main reasons that a person would engage in conspicuous consumption?
  5. Functionalists would argue that inequality of pay renders a service. (For example, doctors are usually paid more than office secretaries.) What do functionalists mean when they say that inequality renders a service?

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