Write a single-paragraph summary of “Defining Deviancy Up” by Charles Krauthammer.
Part 1: Write a single-paragraph summary of “Defining Deviancy Up” by Charles Krauthammer. See the essay at the bottom of this document.
Part 2: Write a multiple-paragraph summary of “Defining Deviancy Up” by Charles Krauthammer.
You also must include a works-cited page with an entry for Krauthammer’s essay. The page should be separate from the rest of the paper; simply insert a page break between the last page of text and the works-cited page. The publication information for this article is pages 538-548 in Left, Right, and Center: Voices From Across the Political Spectrum, published in 1996 in Boston by Bedford St. Martins (Robert Atwan and Jon Roberts, eds.). But that isn’t how you cite it: to see how to cite a work in an anthology in MLA format, please consult the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.
Length: The multi-paragraph summary should be approximately 1000 words: about three pages. The single paragraph summary should be no fewer than four and no more than eight sentences. Submit the two papers in one document but format them as if they were separate assignments.
Charles Krauthammer, “Defining Deviancy Up”
In a recent essay in The American Scholar titled “Defining Deviancy Down,” Daniel Patrick Moynihan offers an arresting view of the epidemic of deviancy–of criminality, family breakdown, mental illness that has come to characterize the American social landscape. Deviancy has reached such incomprehensible proportions, argues Moynihan, that we have had to adopt a singular form of denial: we deal with the epidemic simply by defining away most of the disease. We lower the threshold for what we are prepared to call normal in order to keep the volume of deviancy–redefined deviancy–within manageable proportions.
For example. Since 1960 the incidence of single parenthood has more than tripled. Almost 30 percent of all American children are now born to unmarried mothers. The association of fatherlessness with poverty, welfare dependency, crime and other pathologies points to a monstrous social problem. Yet, as the problem has grown, it has been systematically redefined by the culture–by social workers, intellectuals and most famously by the mass media–as simply another lifestyle choice. Dan Quayle may have been right, but Murphy Brown won the ratings war.
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