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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 013 Deviance

What makes a young African American boy in a hoodie be perceived as a menace to an increasingly militarized police force? Why in the wake of David Bowie's death is he so revered as an alien gender-bending deviant figure? In other words, how do our social institutions regulate to us what is normal and abnormal behavior, and what kind of bodies get protection? What bodies are vulnerable? From queer subcultures to ancient philosophies of atomism to the BlackLivesMatter phenomena, this course explores how cultures of deviance are often political strategies of resistance to the way bodies are normalized and regulated.