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INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

STUDENT GUIDE

6

HWA 1-6 Reading Requirement

The Saints and the Rebels of Anderson High School

At Anderson High School, there are two gangs of boys—the Saints and the Rebels.

The Saints are from upper-middle class professional families. The boys go to school in reasonably clean-cut clothes. They do not work to support neither themselves nor their families. They receive an allowance from their parents for cars and habits.

The Rebels are from lower class families, living in an older rundown part of town. They wear gang clothes and look tough. Most of the gang members have part-time jobs to support their families and habits.

Both gangs are involved in similar activities that are deviant (antisocial, vandalistic, and outright illegal).

Smoking

Marijuana

Drunkenness

Graffiti

Breaking windows

Knocking over mailboxes

Obnoxious behavior to the general public

There is one BIG difference between the two gangs:

The Saints have cars, so they conduct most of their deviant behavior 20 miles away in another town. The Saints never use deviant behavior at Anderson High School; in fact they make an effort to be polite to the authorities within their own town.

The Rebels do not have cars, they conduct all their deviant behavior in town where Anderson High School is located.

Many of the members of the Rebel gang have police records and a reputation at the high school and with the general population in town. The Saints are viewed as "boys will be boys" at Anderson High School and with the general population in town. Only one member of the Saints has a police record.

Copyright © 2005 Mount Vernon Nazarene University Adult and Graduate Studies

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