Importance Of Deviant Actions In Hong Kong's Occupy Central Revolution

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Apart from achieving goals by cheating on exams, I have been protesting in Hong Kong ‘s Occupy Central revolution. Occupy Central is a civil disobedience movement which began in September 2014. My deviant action as a protestor in the revolution can be explained through Marxist-based concept of conflict. We acts defiantly to change our conditions, change the social structure that engendered our circumstances. We want the right to nominate and directly elect the head of the Hong Kong government. During the revolution, there were hundreds of thousands of students and other citizen are involved in the pretest. I have been part of the revolution occupying the central district from day to night and trying to fight for full democracy. So many young …show more content…
And his anomie theory locates the cause of deviant behavior in disjuncture between cultural values and structural opportunity to achieve these values (Merton 139). This could explain why I chose to cheat on exams when I wanted to get into universities that ranked in the “first tier” in the U.S but did not have the ability to do it five years ago. According to Merton, there are five different modes of adoptions (conformity, innovation, ritualism, riebellion) to anomie. And adaptation II innovation clarifies my situation. By definition from Merton, innovation occurs when people accept the goals but they reject the means (Merton144). My deviant cheating behavior results due to a disparity of goals and means. People want to attend universities ranked in first tier. And expect they can get a good job and be rewarded with prestige in returns. However, people choose to achieve their goals by different means since they do not have same opportunity to chase their dream. Like me, I was born in grass-root family in Hong Kong and did not receive the same education as people in the United States. Being a non-native English language speaker involved in the American education systems make me feel so changeling to adopt the new language. Normally, people pass the class by attending class regularly and completing assignment on time. However, I chose to …show more content…
And four of them can explain my involvement in Occupy Central in Hong Kong. The first one is attachment. Hirschi believes that “the psychopath is characterized only in part by "deficient attachment to or affection for others, a failure to respond to the ordinary motivations founded in respect or regard for one 's fellows" (Hairschi 172). In other words, he considers that young people who have closer attachment to their family and schools are encountered in most social control-orientated research and theory. I admitted that I am not that closely attached to my family which leads me get involved in the movement. The Occupy Central movement had huge impacts on people’s daily life and caused enormous economic deficit. My parents like the older generation in Hong Kong would not allow us to join the movement since they will consider our students as troublemakers. The second of which is commitment that refers to the investment we put in the society. The more investment people put on the society, the less chance they will commit deviant acts compared to people who have no job and no connection to the society (Hairsch 174). I have gotten involved the movement for almost a week and spend my whole days supporting people in the front lines. This is because I am still a student and had no career. And the deviant activities did not threaten my employment. The third element identified by Hairsch

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