Theories of Deviance

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Theories of Deviance Other disciplines are concerned with deviance, particularly biology and  psychology. Sociologists focus on five main theories. Anomie Theory.  Émile Durkheim contributed to our  understanding of deviance with his idea of  anomie.  Robert K. Merton  built on Durkheim's ideas of anomie and social cohesion. According to  his theory of structural strain, deviance derives from societal stresses. Cultural Transmission Theory.  A number of sociologists have emphasized the similarities between  the way deviant behavior is acquired and the way in which other  behavior is acquired-the cultural transmission theory. Edwin H.  Sutherland elaborated on this notion in his theory of  differential  association.  He said that individuals become deviant to the extent to  which they participate in settings where deviant ideas, motivations,  and techniques are viewed favorably. Conflict Theory. 
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