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Unformatted text preview: © Copyright 2010 Alan S. Berger 1 Deviance Crime, Deviance And Social Control © Copyright 2010 Alan S. Berger 2 What Do we want to Know • How is deviance defined and who defines it – Is it the person or the action? • How is deviance distributed in society and how do we know • What causes deviance • How is deviance controlled © Copyright 2010 Alan S. Berger 3 Social Control • Social control : techniques and strategies for preventing deviant human behavior in any society • Sanctions : penalties and rewards for conduct concerning a social norm • Society partly defined by people’s willingness to accept shared beliefs and practices – Society can limit individual freedom and advance interests of some at expense of others © Copyright 2010 Alan S. Berger 4 Conformity and Obedience • Conformity : the act of going along with peers— individuals of our own status who have no special right to direct our behavior • Obedience : compliance with higher authorities in a hierarchical structure © Copyright 2010 Alan S. Berger 5 Informal and Formal Social Control • Informal social control : used casually to enforce norms • Formal social control : carried out by authorized agents • Interplay between formal and informal social control can be complicated because we have to balance one source of control against another © Copyright 2010 Alan S. Berger 6 Law and Society • Some norms are so important to a society that they are formalized into laws • Law : governmental social control • Control theory : our connection to other members of society leads us to systematically conform to society’s norms © Copyright 2010 Alan S. Berger 7 Defining Deviance • Deviance is the violation of Norms, especially widely held norms • Crime is an action declared illegal by some government or agency – Usually, by a legislative body – Sometimes by administrative actions • Is all deviance criminal ? – Pushing children into fashion shows, sports ?...
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This note was uploaded on 02/11/2011 for the course SYG 2000 taught by Professor Joos during the Spring '08 term at University of Florida.

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