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Cross-Cultural and Historical Comparisons A simple way of illustrating the idea that deviance is actually a relative rather than an absolute concept is to consider how the same form of behaviour can be considered deviant or non-deviant in different societies (cross-cultural comparison) and in the same society at different times (historical comparison). Draw a table headed by these two ideas and consider (either individually or with a group of class friends) how the following forms of behaviour are considered deviant / non-deviant in different societies and deviant / non-deviant in the same (or different) societies at different times: Homosexuality Suicide Drinking alcohol Being married to more than one person at the same time. Women wearing trousers. Killing someone The above should get you started and you should be able to supply further examples from your own discussions… Note: This type of relatively simple cross-cultural and historical comparison is a very useful technique for students at A-level. In many situations the application of these
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