Social Disorder And Social Disorders Essays

966 Words Dec 8th, 2016 4 Pages
Cities are made up of numbers, density, and heterogeneity (Wirth, 1938) that enable innovation and deviance to establish cultural groups through relationships, opportunities, and freedom. These distinct failing processes within weak urban environments produce a deviant, disorderly space that nourished subversive cultural groups aimed at weakening established social and economic channels. For example, cities create highly fragmented relationships that do not fulfill the needs of individuals and instead produce feelings of isolation (Wirth, 1938). While heterogeneity in cities leads to tolerance and greater opportunities for groups to form, these groups ““foster… mutual exploitation”, which leads to social disorder” (Wirth, 1938). Lastly, freedom in cities is established through blurring boundaries and low surveillance, which lets groups connect and create outlets of innovation, but also produces a source of deviance. For subversive groups, like the punk rock subgroup in Los Angeles, these factors of isolation, social disorder, and deviance are key in their ability to form, adapt, and expand in these weak urban environments.
The formation of a subgroup is characterized by connecting stigmatized individuals, creating autonomous institutions, introducing organic intellectuals, hostility, and mobilization. Which is illustrated by the punk rock subgroup that formed in the city space of Los Angeles. In the 1970s at the start of the movement, Los Angeles was characterized by…

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