Deviance and Crime

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Deviance and Crime
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The Nature of Deviance Deviance  is behavior that a considerable  number of people in a society view as  reprehensible and intolerable. Deviance is relative and context- dependent Example:  Etoro of New Guinea Example:  Tattoos and body piercings Deviance is defined through power Definitions of deviance in a society change  over time
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Functional Aspects of Deviance Dysfunctions Interferes with operations of institutional life Can affect morale of non-deviants negatively Erodes societal trust Functions Promotion of conformity Censuring deviance clarifies boundaries Censuring deviance strengthens the censuring  group Classifying and observing deviance can warn  non-deviant majority
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Social Control and Deviance Social control  regulates behavior within a society Functionalists see it as indispensable Conflict theorists see it as a tool of powerful  groups Social Control Processes  Internalization of society’s normative expectations Within individual personalities Limitation of social experience Culture-boundedness Formal and informal sanctions Hostility, expulsion, imprisonment
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Why do people violate social rules? Why are some acts defined as deviant? Why is deviance inconsistent and relative? Five specific sociological theories:
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2008 for the course SOC 2004 taught by Professor Graves during the Spring '08 term at Virginia Tech.

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