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Memo 2: Exemplar Essay Deviance is an inherent part of any society. No matter where the laws come from, whether it be a state institution, a monarch, or a tribe leader, neither the laws nor the society itself can be perfect. The actual construction of "deviance" is highly dependent on the place, time, and culture of a particular society, as are the norms that are in place. The implications of this are that what may be considered deviant in one culture may be common courtesy in another (i.e. men kissing on the cheek in Britain and not in the U.S.). From a conflict theorists' perspective, the fact that society actually constructs deviance relative to the norms of that group is extremely problematic. In the U.S., the enforcement or norms and the social construction of deviance is something that serves multiple purposes—both manifest and latent. The manifest functions of norm enforcement and the defining of deviance are to protect the public from potentially dangerous actions, to maintain order in the government, and to act as an agent of socialization for the masses. The enforcement of norms in society is perpetuated through the mass media, the workplace, school systems, etc., and allows these norms to show people how they should and should not act.
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