2017). Sociological explanations highlight the importance of the social environment and of social interaction for deviance and the commission of crime. As such, they have important implications for how to reduce these behaviors. If we want to reduce violent crime and other serious deviance, we must first understand why it occurs. Many sociological theories of deviance exist, and together they offer a more complete understanding of deviance than any one theory offers by itself. Together they help answer the questions posed earlier: why rates of deviance differ within social categories and across locations, why some behaviors are more likely than others to be considered deviant, and why some kinds of people are more likely than others to be considered deviant and to be punished for deviant behavior. Anthony References Crossman, Ashley (2017). Thought Co: Definition of Anomie in Sociology; The Theories of Emile Durkehim and Robert K. Merton. Retrieved from - 3026052
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