Sociological Theories of Deviance

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Sociological Theories of Deviance Sociological theories of deviance search for social factors external that may lead to deviant behavior by individuals, that is, the focus is on the social environment and social circumstances. These theories are also concerned with the reactions of others to deviant behavior. Structural-Functionalist theories of deviance--Emile Durkheim--deviance is normal, so why does it happen? What function does it serve? reactions to deviance help clarify moral boundaries deviance actually promotes conformity among the nondeviant deviance increases solidarity among nondeviants deviance promotes social change (such as through acts of civil disobedience) (deviance may also promote re-evaluation efforts, a system check of sorts) Robert Merton's strain theory: In every society there are culturally defined goals and socially approved means for achieving the goals, especially in the economic arena. But in every society you can find strains between the culturally defined goals and socially approved
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This note was uploaded on 11/17/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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