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Deviance Sociologists regard biological and psychological explanations for deviant behavior as inadequate in most cases. 1. Focus too much on individual traits rather than explaining how behaviors or groups come to be defined as deviant in the first place. 2. Recognize that most deviant acts—(criminal or otherwise) are committed by individuals whose biological and psychological profiles are normal. In trying to understand deviance Sociologists pay attention to: 1. Social Norms, norm violations, and nonconforming behavior 2. In-group and out-group boundaries 3. Social control—attempts by society to regulate people’s thoughts and behavior through social sanctioning. 4. Social Power and opportunity structure (focus on Street crime vs. Suite crime /white collar crime/ corporate crime) 5. Labeling/definitions focus less on actions themselves and more on reactions by others. Medicalization of Deviance DSM: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
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