3c - Differential Association 1. Deviant behavior is...

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Differential Association 1. Deviant behavior is learned. We are not born deviant, it is not inherited. We learn this behavior from the environment that surrounds us. 2. The interaction we have with others teaches deviant behavior. For instance, we can learn to become criminal by the actions, gestures, words, practices, and teachings of others. 3. Learned deviancy comes from those immediately within our environment. Media – television, movies, newspapers actually play a small role in teaching us deviant behavior.
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4. We learn why we do it, and the ability to rationalize our deviancy, and our attitudes about it. 5. We learn from those around us that it is more favorable to our benefit to break the norms, then it is to obey them. 6. When a person is within an environment who’s norm is repetitive breaking of the laws, then that person is more likely to learn that breaking the law is a normal behavior. Conversely, when a person is surrounded by an environment where breaking the law is not an option, then that person will most likely adhere to those
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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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