Notes 2-26 - Deviance and social control Crime violation of...

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Deviance and social control Crime- violation of society’s norms, or laws All crime is deviance, all deviance is not crime Deviance is relative Whose norms have been violated? Behavior A is deviant but not criminal Behavior B is criminal but not deviant Example of a BEHAVIOR A- pre-marital sex Examples of BEHAVIOR B- Speeding Deviance is not a property inherent in an act itself, but rather a property conferred by social definition These definitions often change over time and place. Time: Speed Limits, Prohibition Place: Drugs are legal in Holland; prostitution is legal in part of Nevada Criminology’s Three Parts Making of Laws By Whom? Criminalization vs. Decriminalization of certain acts based on self interests and pressure from lobbyists “Illegal Aliens” are now referred to as “Undocumented Aliens” Made by people with people Decriminalization has to be with the status of people. High status people are doing it, have good character other than breaking this law.
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