Deviance: Margret “Marty” Mann
There are 2 sections to read, I’ll be providing 2 links. https://www.silkworth.net/pages/bbstories2/pages6.php
(2) http://silkworth.net/aabiography/margaretmann.html. This is sociology paper & the book is EBook–The Real World: An Introduction to Sociology (Chapter 6 Deviance) use the book as a source to show deviance avowl.
THE PAPER IS DUE NOVEMVER 19, 2018. APA STYLE; FONT; COVER PAGE; WORK CITED PAGE; FOOT NOTED WHEN APPLICABLE.
Paper should have a Thesis around the story you will be reading ‘WOMEN SUFFER TOO”. You have a link in the book. Here is an additional link: http://silkworth.net/aabiography/margaretmann.html
Read the story in its entirety, keeping in mind how the study of life histories or oral histories can reveal important features of societal norms and everyday life. Remember Marty M. lived in a particular time period and social context. Pay close attention to how the story describes both deviant behavior and the process of deviance avowal, and consider the following questions:
1. Identity the instances of deviance described in the author’s story. Why were these behaviors considered deviant?
2. in what ways was she in denial about her condition early on? How did she actively try to disavow the deviant label?
3. At what point did she begin the process of deviance avowal? How did admitting that she was an alcoholic affect her self-concept?
4. In what ways did deviance avowal allow her to see her past in a different light? How did her deviant identity finally become a positive part of her life?
5. How have our perceptions about alcoholics and alcoholism changed since the pioneer days of AA?
Paper is to be at least 5 pages not counting the COVER PAGE OR WORK CITED PAGE,i.e. BIBILIOGRAPHY PAGE
Deviance: Margret “Marty” Mann
Society constitutes of norms and structure that are expected to be followed hence creating the daily life we live in. Most people conform to the constructed societal structures to be accepted. However, some people choose to stand out as individuals and refuse to follow the constructed social rules. In the society, the individuals who refuse to follow the societal norms are referred to as deviants. Deviant behavior is known to be behavior or belief that is not in alignment with the norm hence causing negative reactions. However, what one culture considers as deviant behavior could mean something else in another culture. Therefore, being termed as deviant depends on the various occurrences of deviant behavior depending on the environment. The individuals depicting deviant behavior and self-identifies as deviant are defines as deviant avowals. Deviance avowal is when the deviant person accepts their deviant nature hence becoming free of the stigma of being identified as deviant. Deviant avowals individuals educate people about the deviant label given therefore painting the label in a positive light. In the book Women Suffer Too by Marty Mann, she tells of her story as an alcoholic anonymous. She depicts deviant behaviors in her drinking habits and actions that cause an adverse reaction. However, her story shows the power of overcoming the negative patterns and past and to achieve success. She uses her experiences to teach transformation from the negative state of the deviance to positivity. Her story brought attention to women with alcoholism by establishing the concept that alcoholic patients are deserving of normal patient treatment.
In her book, Marty depicts deviant behavior through her acts of drunkenness. During the 19th century, it was deviant form women to get stupid drunk like their male counterparts. Visible toxicity was met with negative reactions. Marty depicts drunken behavior when she drinks to points of unconsciousness. She tells stories of how she drank too much to remember where she was or her actions. She tells of episodes where she wakes up in stranger’s houses with no recollection of how she got there. The history of Marty tells of the outset of her drinking behavior that began after she eloped with her husband named Johns to New Orleans. John was a drunk, and the habit caught on her. Marty was raised in a well-off home and went to the best boarding schools in Europe. Most of the time when deviant behavior is depicted it is normally perceived that the deviant individual is illiterate. Marty’s story is an ironical story because she was a well-educated woman yet she possessed the forbidden deviant habits.
In 1927 Marty eloped with John during one of their drunken nights. Eloping is the deviant norm because a man and a woman are expected to announce their intentions and follow the societal constructs to marriage. However, they later held a church service for their union which is more acceptable according to society. More then, Marty divorced her husband due to his unbearable drinking habits. Societal constructs expected women to be submissive to their husbands especially in the 19th century when Marty lived a self-proclaimed deviant life. Marty’s father was going through bankruptcy when Marty was going through her divorce. The situation led her to work which he claimed was the means to the same end which was to do whatever she wanted. Marty is different from other women of the time because she aimed at living her life unapologetically. Her drinking behavior drove her to seek help to combat her madness. Marty is a classic deviant because she is aware of her insanity. In her book, she refers to herself as mad after checking herself into an asylum. Going to work is also a deviant behavior depicted by Marty. During the 19th-century women were not allowed to work and experience their lives as freely as Marty did. In her book, Marty relocated abroad to work and to experience greater freedom and excitement. She also started her own business that supported her lifestyles of indulgence and pleasure. Another act of deviance is her lesbian relationship with Priscilla. Marty explains that she lived in the era of prohibition that was immortalized by Scott Fitzgerald.All through her life, she admitted to fight against the prohibitions and outdo them hence emphasizing on her deviant nature.
Marty depended on alcohol to fix her depression and violent reactions. She admits to cutting off her friends who commented on her drinking. She could accept drinks from anyone who would offer and jump from pleasure to pleasure and from groups to groups to continue with her indulgence. During her chronic drinking episodes, she reflects in the wonder of how she survived. She says that she had moments where she was in realization of who she had become, a raging alcoholic.
One night when Marty was very drunk as usual, she resolved to find Willie Seabrook contact to like him to help her get into an asylum for rehabilitation. She decided to be active in finding a cure for her madness. Three years before that she experienced six agonizing months in London Hospital Ward to slowly fight back to normalcy. After moving abroad to work, she felt sad and miserable and resolved to go back to America where she ended up in intensive psychiatric treatment. At the psychiatric treatment, her doctor gave her an Alcohol Anonymus book which gave her an epiphany that her condition was sickness as opposed to deviant behavior.
In her process of deviant avowal, Marty began to see her life in the different light. She realized her condition was not a deviant behavior like society had defined it but a disease with symptoms like cancer. She was filled with raging but righteous anger with determination to break away from feelings of helplessness to that of freedom and happiness. Also, Marty came into the realization that she was ready for the physical life and she was no longer an outsider.
Marty used her life experience to construct alcoholism as a democratic disease that could affect anyone. The recent alcoholism disease establishment did not offer a platform for women to seek treatment on equal grounds as the male drunkards. Marty became the first woman in history to transform the American’s view on alcoholism. The history of alcohol use in America shows the unique contribution of Marty towards the issues of addiction. She emphasized and established alcoholic disease treatment for all. Marty contributes to the NIAA hence causing the largest funding of alcohol research in the world. Her contribution to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA) focused on increasing the understanding and knowledge of alcoholism to eradicate the barriers to the treatment of the patients. In 1994, Marty founded, and alcoholism education center named the National Council on Alcoholism where she worked until her death.