Edith Cowan University. THE NEW NORMAL? ANARCHY, ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR AND AGENCY. Dr. Anne Aly, ECU. The Bell Curve of Normality. The Bell Curve of Normality. GENETICIST “We’ve identified an anti- social gene”. PSYCHOLOGIST “It’s a personality disorder”. SOCIOLOGIST
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Dr. Anne Aly, ECU
“We’ve identified an anti- social gene”
“It’s a personality disorder”
“It’s a function of socio-cultural and group norms”
“It’s a nutritional imbalance”
“It’s related to lifestyle and media consumption”
“It’s a function of social control and repression.”
“It’s ‘their’ culture. ‘They’ are inherently violent/ lazy/ weak/ different from us.”
Labelling people who break the law as 'deviant', 'evil', 'anti-social' and different to ordinary law-abiding citizens is part of the social control functions of the criminal justice system. In the same way, activists are often labelled or associated with the terms 'criminal' or 'terrorist' . The labelling of certain activists as violent' or terrorist' is a part of efforts to discredit and undermine support for social change and is often used to justify legal repression and police violence.
Community Victimisation Perspective