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Sociology Lecture #5 Wednesday, May 24 th 2017 Deviance Deviance - A behaviour that strays from the norm or the usual Overt characteristics: explicitly violating norms Covert: People may be treated deviant based on their characteristics Treated differently if they’re perceived at deviant Deviance is a social or cultural construct Culture defines what is deviant and changes throughout time Definitions of deviance reflect power What is considered to be the norm or deviant is defined by powerful people Conflict deviance Conflict deviance: disagreement among groups over whether or not something is deviant Deviance difference across cultures Deviance is contested within cultures Deviance changes over time Ex: tattoos, sex work, marijuana Social Construction Social constructionism proposes that elements of social life, such as deviance, are not natural but are created by a society or culture
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