Tma 04

TMA 04
Compare and contrast the approaches of Cohen and Hall et al. to the role of the media in relation to social disorder.

This essay will examine what is social order, what impact has society on human behavior. I will have a look on two accounts about social order, Goffman’s theory that focuses on the social patterns of everyday life interactions and Foucault’s theory that focuses more on the abstract conception of the power of knowledge and discourse in ordering social life. Further essay will examine what is disorderly behavior and in this section I will explore two researches of Stanley Cohen and Stuart Hall et al. This essay will examine their theories, their similarities and differences and their researches how media acts on disorderly behavior.
Order is a connection, grouping, sorting and ordering entities into groups so that each of them takes a certain, unambiguous place.   Social order is about how to behave in society. Social order helps us to know what is right and what is wrong. We seem to know how to behave in our everyday lives. People are living together and because of this we are creating some rules and forms to be possible to live together. The Philosopher Charles Taylor (cited in Silva, 2009, p. 311) has argued that ‘the human capacity to imagine order is at the foundation of society itself.’ Social order is a core theoretical issue in the social sciences. For keeping running society smoothly there must be some norms, governance, rules and institutions. Social order as Silva (2009) explains that social order is an issue which has been tackled by many different social scientists. . I will have a look on two accounts of social order in social science. Firstly, account made by sociologist Erving Goffman, who focuses on micro social patterns in everyday life and secondly, account made by Foucault who focuses on macro-social order or larger actions.                         Goffman believes that social order is put in place by individuals. He...