The difference between rebellion and conformity

Now, the habit of using two terms interchangeably unaware of the subtle differences between them, is a common mistake prone to many of us. Perhaps our use of the terms Compliance and Conformity synonymously is a fitting example.

The difference between rebellion and conformity

This enormous increase which started well beforeof course is international, at least in the western world. And why the dramatic increase in the numbers choosing to do so?

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When I first noticed the trend about twenty years ago, tattoos were largely confined to certain groups more or less marginalised: The association in our societies between crime and tattoos has been long recognised: When I started to work in a prison I noticed that upwards of 90 per cent of white British prisoners were tattooed, far more than in the general population or even in that part of the population from which they came.

In my childhooda man only lightly more tattooed that David Beckham, the famous soccer player, used to exhibit himself a freak to astonished and amused passers-by in Hyde Park in London.

When I first noticed the ascent of tattoos into the middle classes, which was gradual at first, I assumed that it was a political statement, a kind if identification with the marginalised. If criminals, for example, were really victims of society, then to imitate them was a kind of demonstration of solidarity with them.

A tattoo was therefore a sign of political virtue and generosity of spirit. And it was an act of rebellion against a generation of parents who had once rebelled themselves. Before long, however, the numbers having tattoos were so large that this explanation no longer satisfied me — and might never have been wholly true.

Not only were more people getting tattooed, but the tattoos themselves were become larger, more elaborate, multiple and multicoloured. The criminals in the prison when I started working there were often self-tattooed, with crude designs the most elaborate of which was a policeman hanging from a lamp-post.

Now professional tattooists exercise their trade with considerable skill, though everything they do strikes me as kitsch. So-called body-art in my opinion is body-kitsch: Skilled bad taste is to me worse than bad taste alone.

Whatever the aesthetic evaluation of tattoos, however, their rapid spread in the population still requires explanation. Why have so many people suddenly acquired tattoos? I cannot pretend to have the answer. She spoke also of the need of the tattooed to express themselves and their individuality.

It was as if they believed I the following pseudo-syllogism: Every tattoo is unique.

The difference between rebellion and conformity

I have a tattoo. Therefore I am unique. This seemed to me to indicate a problem that some people had in individuating themselves in a mass society: In such a society, you have to be someone; you must not only be an individual, but be seen to be an individual.

Being was no longer enough, then. And a dragon on your arm, a butterfly on the small of your back, or an abstract on your shoulder, proved to all and sundry that you were different, truly — an only - yourself.

The academic said that tattoos were a form of self-expression: Among other things that tattoos express, however, is a herd mentality. But tattoos still have a lingering connotation of rebellion and marginalisation — in this case self-inflicted, or at least self-chosen, marginalisation.

In present circumstances, then, a tattoo differentiates and individuates, while at the same time allowing identification with masses of others. A tattoo allows you to rebel and conform at the same time, eat your cake and have it too.

The names of tattoo parlours — Evil in the Needle, for example, or Revolution Ink — often reveal a kind of antinomianism which does not quite have the courage of its lack of convictions.Dec 08,  · Merton’s theory of deviance stemmed from his analysis of the relationship between culture, structure and anomie.

Anomie is defined as “the state of normlessness,” and it arises when there is “an acute disjunction between the cultural norms and goals and the socially structured capacities of members of the group to act in accord with them”.

Compliance vs Conformity Do you know the difference between Compliance and Conformity?

The difference between rebellion and conformity

Now, the habit of using two terms interchangeably unaware of the subtle differences between them, is a common mistake prone to many of us. Tattoos: Rebellion or Conformity? Why Have so Many People Chosen to Have Themselves Tattooed?

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