2c - – Innovation – Tension Reduction Social Control...

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REACTION PROCESS Societal Reaction to a given event Norms Labels as Deviant Societal reaction to label Revised Norms More Deviance And it continues on
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Determination of Deviance is Subjective/Relative What is deviant to one person is not deviant to another. What is deviant in one society, culture, or subculture is not deviant in others. What is deviant at one time may not be deviant at other times. What is deviant in one context may not be deviant in others.
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Durkheim – Father of Sociology Society is made up of the morals (norms, values, laws) that individuals are taught to constrain their behavior Deviance is normal and necessary Functions of deviance include Boundary Maintenance Group Solidarity
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Unformatted text preview: – Innovation – Tension Reduction Social Control and Deviance • When deviance rises or falls too much, society alters its moral criteria to maintain the level of deviance at an optimal range. • If deviancy is too high, society will adjust its definition of deviance, thereby normalizing the high levels • If deviance is too low, it will redefine behavior that wasn’t considered deviant and give it a negative association Competing explanations Competing explanations of Deviance of Deviance- Biological — medicalization of deviance, a physical illness-Psychological — personality disorder- Sociological — socialization into deviance (symbolic interaction, functional, and...
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This note was uploaded on 03/01/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 340 taught by Professor Richardfey during the Fall '10 term at ASU.

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