Marie Clark 10/06/2019 Social Deviance and Mental Illness SOC 220 “Deviance, a sociological term, refers to the actions of a deviant, a person who does not conform to social norms or social expectations. While often considered predatory offenses, acts of deviance may also be either prosocial behaviors or nonviolent common offenses such as incivility. Deviance may also extend to a person's thoughts or beliefs, such as anarchism or atheism, and to a person's physical appearance, such as having visible scars, piercings, or tattoos. Whether deviance is positive or negative, it is perceived as threatening the social order.” (Elrod, 2019) Social deviance is generally seen as a negative action however dependent on the society one group may see it as a positive while another a negative. In America using utensils while eating and a napkin to wipe your mouth and hands is seen as social appropriate. The opposite is performed in Moroccan cultures. Food is eaten with our hands, and rather than a napkin used to wipe your hands a water basin is provided at the beginning and end of eat meal to wash your hands. There is a correlation between social deviance and social problems. Society regulates what is considered normal or deviant this standard can change. What was once considered deviant a few decades ago may be considered a normal currently. However social problem can cause individuals to act or interact in deviant behaviors. A current social problem that has caused for social deviance would be the astronomical rise in drug pricing. Person’s whose survival depends on taking insulin everyday have had go to extreme measures and families have flocked
to the black market. “Some parents are trading for the medication with other families with
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