Cam’ron was shot and when he had the chance to identify the person that shot him, he
didn’t because “its not in his nature” to rat out someone. He would lose all of his street
This is just a stereotype of deviant behavior. As with most other things, in the world
of deviance, things are often not what they seem.
Just about everyone has done something that
someone else disapproves of. Humans are evaluative creatures. Societies everywhere have rules
or norms governing what we may and may not do, how we should think, what we should believe,
even how we should look, and those norms are so detailed and complex, and so dependent on the
views of different evaluators, that what everyone does, believes, and is, is looked on negatively
by someone, indeed in all likelihood, by lots of other people.
BIASED TOWARDS THE POSITIVE
BIASED TOWARDS THE NEGATIVE
“DIFFERENT” OR “UNEXPECTED” ARE WORDS
OFTEN USED TO DESCRIBE DEVIANCE FROM A
There are four necessary ingredients for deviance to take place or exist: one, a rule of
norm; two, someone who violates (or is thought to violate) that norm; three, an “audience,”
someone who judges the normative violations to be wrong; and four, a measurable likelihood of
a negative reaction by that audience-criticism, condemnation, censure, stigma, disapproval, and
so on. Norms are everywhere, and they carry in seriousness, and different people have different
Deviance is that which is reacted to negatively, in a socially rejecting fashion. What
defines deviance are the actual or potential reactions that acts, beliefs, and traits generate or are
likely to generate in audiences.
DEVIANCE VARIES ACCORDING TO
NO ACTION IS INHERENTLY DEVIANT
HOW OTHER PERCEIVE AND LABEL US
DEVIANCE INVOLVES POWER
RULE-MAKERS, RULE-BREAKERS, AND
NORMS AND APPLYING LABEL AND CALL THEM DEVIANT ARE
LINKED TO SOCIAL POSITION (THEY WAY THEY GREW UP)
Nearly all of us also violate society’s rules. The more numerous and detailed the rules,
the more opportunities there are for normative violations. Hardly anyone abides by all rules all
the time. We have our own views and they may agress or disagress with the audiences whose
reactions we are looking at. We take note of public opinion.
The term deviance is absolutely nonpejorative. This means that they are descriptive terms
that apply to what others think and how they are likely to react.
Even if you don’t agree with
that judgment, it is real and must be acknowledged. Deviance applies in all spheres and areas of
human life. Deviance is everywhere and anywhere people engage in behavior, hold and express
beliefs, and possess traits that others regard as unacceptable. Violations are perceived and
condemnation is elicited differently in different societies and among different people.
POSITIVE ASPECTS OF DEVIANCE: