Heather Stuart K. Knordmeyer Introduction to Sociology 29 November 2012 Functions of Deviance Emile Durkheim’s four functions of deviance include affirming cultural values, clarifying moral boundaries, promoting social unity, and encouraging social change. Deviance is the actions or behaviors that can violate social norms in a society. Deviance changes according to different cultural norms and people can become deviant as others label them that way. When social bonds are weakened, deviance usually occurs. These four functions of deviance can be seen in the U.S society and from a global perspective. When Durkheim says that deviance affirms cultural values he is basically saying that without evil there can be no good. In the U.S, we make laws and rules based off of deviant behavior. An example of this is because people murdered other people, the U.S. had to enforce the death penalty or imprisonment as a punishment because of their deviant behavior. Durkheim also said that deviance clarifies moral boundaries. The U.S society and other societies globally
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