CHAPTER 1 SOCIOLOGY OF DEVIANCE
WHAT IS DEVIANT BEHAVIOUR?
There is a good deal of disagreement among the public as to what deviant behaviour is.
Some sociologists simply say that deviance is a violation of any social rule, while
With my first brush with the law, even Id have to agree, I was becoming the person everyone
said Id be. Anonymous Young Offender (Richardson, 2005)
The concept of childhood has been socially constructed by Western society throughout
the decades. The socie
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Crime always involves violating the law, but deviance does not
Crime is a violation of formal norms, and deviance is a violation of informal
The number and variety of deviant acts is infinitely greater than crime
Not all deviant ac
Chapter 2 Sociology of Deviance
There are three main important theories: anomie-strain theory, social learning theory, and
1) Anomie-strain theory
Robert Merton attributed deviance to anomie, which is the breakdown of
Chapter 3 Sociology of Deviance
1) Labelling Theory
A version of symbolic interactionism
In defining what deviance is, labeling theorists call on two central ideas in symbolic
First, as suggested by the word inte
Class 3 Deviance
Deviance varies temporally and spatially.
Decisions are made by people in authority. They do not enforce the law equally as much
as we may think.
It is not deviant behaviour until someone labels it as so.
Its the way
Class 7 Sociology of Deviance
Look at it with a critical eye
Independent with academic qualifications and a history of research that shows they have
Reporter: Was there for two years
1. Gain Access to research studies.
Lecture 8 Sociology of Deviance
The fundamental question is why do people kill?
o There is substantial evidence to suggest that homicide has various risk factors
associated with it.
Martin Wolfgang looked at the factors that are related to homicide.
Intro: What is Deviant Behaviour?
Behaviour changes over time
- ex: homosexuality, marijuana
State determines what is a criminal offense and therefore what is deviant
- ex: texting and driving will end you up in jai