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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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. Vice, corruption, bureaucracy, and power WJ Chambliss Wis. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Conversely, the Saints, as chwmbliss were labeled as better citizens, would successfully exceed in the future theoretically because the community perceived them as committing no or little delinquency, which would save them from legal or authoritative impeachment.

Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 6 1, On the contrary, the more posh Saints would use excuses of academic leadership and apologetic thoughts to fool the teachers and policeman, respectively.

In the case of the Roughnecks, the police and family can perform their functions. Firstly, though, how the Roughnecks were viewed must be evaluated first. Notify me of new comments via email. Thus, this economic difference would help shape the distinct careers. 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. But the Symbolic Interactionism perspective would best describe the reasons for the career outcomes.


The school can view the Roughnecks more positively before and after the Roughnecks seize or decrease saitns deviant mannerisms. 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.

The saints and the roughnecks WJ Chambliss Society 11 1, The Subculture of Delinquency and the Lower-class Focal Concerns Theory chambpiss absolutely relate to the Roughnecks and the Saints because the theories study low-class individuals, whereas the the groups are of higher classes. Email address for updates.

The Saints versus The Roughnecks: A Sociological Study

Chamblis the theories — what works? No verified email – Homepage. Ethnicity, race, and crime: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here You are commenting using your Twitter account. Policing the ghetto underclass: Thus, this may have caused anomie, which Robert Merton used to describe a society where means and goals are not harmonious to a point royghnecks which a strain is caused between them. The Saints were higher class individuals who were perceived as well dressed, highly achieving, diligent students.

New citations ahd this author. Social Conflict and Symbolic Interactionism may best answer 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. 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.


The Differential Association Theory theorizes that criminal behaviors cchambliss learned through communication with interpersonal groups. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: 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 alcohol.

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This site uses cookies. In clearer words, Herb and Jack broke off the deviance pattern, whereas Jerry could not.

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.

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

In fact, two modes, innovation and ritualism, can be noticed. On the other hand, the Roughnecks would have to steal to get money and roughncks alcohol through a drunkard.

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

This “Cited by” count includes citations to the following articles in Scholar. Crime control and ethnic minorities: Deviance is challenging action against any regard of social order, and crime can be considered a deviant act that breaks law.

Firstly, the functions of the school, family and the police must be stricter upon the Saints. Roughnnecks articles by this author.