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Introduction to Sociology – Day 11 Link between Choice and Trait Theories Both focus on mental and behavioral processes at the individual level (i.e., deviance is an individual problem, not a social problem) Both recognize that people are constitutionally different; thus, they react to the same set of environmental and social conditions in unique ways Both tires deviance prevention and control at the individual offender(i.e., we must change people, not society) Demonology Oldest of all known perspectives on deviance Two ways to become deviant: o Possession: no choice but to deviate This predates biological theories of deviance o Temptation: some measure of choice involved This predates rational choice theories Demonology is tied to the doctrine of ‘original sin’ – no ‘cure’ for delinquency or crime (innate depravity) Deviance = Sin o No allowance for rehabilitation o This world viewed as literally a battleground for good and evil; with literally the
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