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Conformity, Deviance & Crime
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Deviance Definitions of deviance are socially constructed within groups. Any behavior that is viewed as a violation of norms or rules is deviant according to the group. It varies between groups, cultures, and societies.
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Biological view: genes crime Psychological view: personality defects crime Sociological: learning & social contexts crime Theories of Crime & Deviance
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Functionalist perspective: norms function to maintain social organization, social relationships and the meanings that underlie them Conflict perspective: norms maintain the status quo, and benefits those in power by making their culture the norm.
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Deviance Who defines what behaviors are deviant? Deviance is defined by those in power. Those who create norms regulate and control social life. Creates a sense of an in-group as a reaction to the “deviants” who aren’t like the group It can actually bring about change by challenging a norm (Rosa Parks).
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