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1Individualistic theories of DevianceNameCourseProfessorDate
2Individualistic theories of DevianceBiological Theory of DevianceDeviance’s biological theory suggests that individuals deviate from social norms entirely due totheir biological structure. The Italian School of Criminology initially enhanced the formaldeviance's biological interpretation during the mid-nineteenth century. Atavism's idea drew acorrelation between an individual's appearance and their biological readiness to digress fromsocial norms.As stated by Cesare Lombroso, criminality is a biological characteristic possessed by somehuman beings. Lombroso suggested that atavism was an indication of inherent criminalities, andhence he perceived born criminals as a form of sub-species of humans. He assumed that atavismcould be distinguished through a range of measurable physical stigmata such as drooping eyes,protruding jaw, large ears, long arms, sloping shoulders, etc. The atavism concept was glaringly