THE SAINTS & THE ROUGHNECKS

  1. Why did the community, the school, and the police react to the saints as though they were good, upstanding, non-delinquent youths with bright futures but to the roughnecks as though they were young criminal headed for trouble?
  • Why do you think there was such a vast difference in the treatment of the boys?
  • What were some of the visible biases community members displayed toward the groups?
  • Why did policemen choose to disregard the Saints delinquencies while breathing down the backs of the Roughnecks?
  • What role of the Community response to the Roughnecks as boys who were in trouble play on their perception of who they are?
  • How did Labeling Theory come in to play in this article?
 
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