Moral Effect Of Delinquency

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I travel the St. Louis-Boston air route on an almost weekly basis. At times Boston Transportation Security Administration (TSA) stops me. Every time I am being stopped, I end up exhausted, confused and even a bit shaky.
As I get prepared to cross the TSA security checkpoint the rush starts. I tend to feel somehow naked. A sensation I believe might be shared with those who actually did strip naked to show TSA screeners that they were not carrying a bomb, as John Brennan did in 2012. Once all things have gone through a scanner, I am requested to step into the scanner myself. They order me to bring my arms up with my legs spread apart, stepping on the yellow shoe figures that are on the floor. I wait to be Okayed, before getting my okayed things
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For Foucault (1995) delinquency is an effect of incarceration, a byproduct of the prison system. I am not considered a delinquent for what I 've done, as there is no felony. My crime is who I am: A departing passenger that somehow rang an alarm. I am a byproduct of the transport system. Authority, ultimately, requires a moral basis (Roth, 1987). Roth suggests that without a positive moral basis there is high risk for despotism. Foucault (1979) revealed the existence of an ideological moral technology to explain the how and why of punishment. It is surprising to find prisons being used as general means of punishment when this was not at all in the aim of the eighteenth’s century thought (Foucault, 1979). Foucault finds various reasons to explain the rupture between thought and contemporary practices. Humans are constantly searching for a self-affirming glimpse from others. TSA agents are no exception. Based on contemporary ideology, TSA agents are a corpus of disciplined bodies trained to perceive, think, classify and behave in certain way. It is a corpus that transforms us all. That intimidation felt as a passenger might be consider as means of self-affirmation in their TSA role for there is a "tendency to obey those whom we perceive to be legitimate authorities" (Milgram, 1963, p. 378). The TSA agents are theere to obey their master, as we the passengers are expected to obey …show more content…
One hardly ever stops to look around. There is no distinction of individuality other than the one that involves a place and an inter-role in society. American society tends to be individualistic self-affirming (i.e. personal liberation, self-actualization, social mobility) as McAdams (2008) has well documented. We all crave independence, and the very moment we realize our own independence we long for someone to recognize it. It is our interaction with others, the society we stand upon and the consideration that our loved ones give us in return what structures and make us feel that special person “me”. When traveling alone, for the time we spend in the airport and within, we become anonymous. An airport is like a liminal space. I remember when I first arrived to the United States from my country of birth. No one knew who I was; I felt the freedom to be whomever I wanted. At the airport, where there is this type of freedom, one finds TSA agents and the

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