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Deviance and Conformity1Deviance and ConformityKatelyn DunnTexas A&M University- CommerceDeviant BehaviorProfessor ThompsonApril 16, 2021
Deviance and Conformity2Many Sociologists have studied theories and concepts to why people do certainthings and why their behavior is a certain way. Some people conform to social norms,while some decide to go violate those norms. This is called conformity and deviance.The bookDeviance and Deviantssays,”The sociological perspective contends thatthere are no universal standards for normative behavior and, consequently, no rigiddefinition of either deviance or conformity. Rather, norms are socially constructedguidelines that suggest appropriate behavior in certain social situations.” In this essaywe are going to talk about deviance and conformity, compare and contrast them, andgive real world examples to better understand these two forms of behavior.Deviance can be described as going against or outside the norms. Robert Mertonexplained that there are sociological theories that explain deviance existence.1He goeson to explain that Conflict Theory, Labeling Theory, Social Strain, and StructuralFunctionalism are the main theories that provide proof of devince. There are two typesof deviance. There is formal and informal deviance. Formal deviance is illegal acts andwill be punished by the law. Formal deviance includes theft, murder, rape, fraud,kiddnapping, arson, and many more.2Informal deviance is violating social norms andthese are not written into law. This would include cheating on an exam, wearing sockswith flip flops, smoking, being unnecessarily loud, gambiling, or drug addicts.3Although,3

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Spring
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DANNY PIRTLE
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Sociology, Professor Thompson, Texas A M university Commerce, Katelyn Dunn

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