SOC344 2018 Tut8 – Batemans Bay

Why do people do ‘bad’ things? Is it because they feel bad – or because those bad things feel good? It’s not hard to find instances of terrible, scary things in popular media – youth gone wild, health epidemics, crime waves, etc. Sometimes these are beat-ups and moral panics; and sometimes they are more common than we think, or even unbelievably real. Nasty incidents of online trolling and attacks are commonplace, and mass gatherings channeling anger and even hatred occurred as recently as just over ten years ago Australia in the form of the Cronulla Riots.

But why do these things happen? What are the emotions that drive these acts? There can be a simple thrill or joy in doing the wrong thing – what Jack Katz calls the ‘seductions of crime’ – that tricks and compels some people into committing anti-social acts, but are these secretive, individualized compulsions not shaped by how we relate – or fail to relate authentically – to the people around us? Do we not deviate because we feel (and often hide) a sense of deviance, and maybe even shame? Is it shame and fear of the challenge to identities – to conventional masculine dominance, or the threat of job loss from globalization – that compels some young men to anger and violence, as Ghassan Hage has argued occurred on Cronulla Beach eleven years ago? How do all these feeling mix and feed off each other – fear, shame, repression, thrills, and anger – in the dynamics of deviance?

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Posted in SOC327 - Emotions Bodies and Society, UOW.

1 Comment on SOC344 2018 Tut8 – Batemans Bay

Jacqueline Wilson said : Guest Report 8 months ago

"Usually after the scene of risk is successfully exited, the third stage of sneaky thrill is realised. This is the euphoria of being thrilled. In one form or another, there is a "Wow I got away with it" or "It was so easy" (1989, p. 64). Excitement thrill and amusement are all positive emotions associated with forbidden crimes such as shoplifting. The euphoria and thrill associated with these crimes may be said to be connected to the interaction between mind and body that is central to the research of Antonio Damaisio's research. He states physical sensations, such as changes in our heart rate are called somatic markers. These physical sensations then send a message to our brain which in turn produces an emotion. Damaisio states when future experiences arise the memory is triggered by the somatic marker. This would explain a persons need for this emotion to reoccur and hence to reoffend.(1994,pp.173-175)

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