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Types of Deviance In starting to look more closely at the concept of deviance, it tends to be assumed that "deviant behaviour" is somehow always behaviour that is generally frowned upon by people in a society (the very name seems to imply that such behaviour is, at best, "not very nice" and, at worst, downright criminal). That this is not necessarily the case can be shown by looking briefly at the way in which we can categorise various basic forms of rule-breaking behaviour in terms of three basic ideas: 1. Admired behaviour: An example of deviance that might be considered as "good" or "admirable" behaviour (whilst also breaking social norms) might be something like heroism - the saving of the life of another person whilst putting your own life in great danger, for example. 2. Odd behaviour: Many forms of behaviour - whilst not being criminal - are frequently considered to be somehow "odd" or "different" to normal behaviour. These forms of deviance range from such things as outlandish modes of dress, through mildly eccentric forms of behaviour (the person who shares their house with 50 cats, for example), to outright madness.
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