Critically Assess the Extent to Which Perceptions of Deviance Around Juvenile Sub-Cultures Are Socially Constructed to Maintain Ruling Class Authority. Essay

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------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- Module Title ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- Criminology – Sociology of Crime ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT ------------------------------------------------- TASK SHEET ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- “Critically assess the extent to which perceptions of deviance around juvenile sub-cultures are socially constructed to maintain ruling class authority.” ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- The following essay will examine in detail the extent to which perceptions of deviance around “Juvenile Subcultures” are socially constructed to help maintain ruling class authority. Deviance is the recognised violation of cultural norms. One familiar type of deviance is crime, or the violation of norms a society formally enacts into criminal law. Such a sub-category of crime is termed Juvenile Delinquency or the violation of legal standards by the young. The Oxford Dictionary definition of Juvenile delinquency is “Offences committed by a person or persons below the age of legal responsibility.” Jack Katz (1988) identified one such deviant Juvenile Sub-Culture as “shoplifting.” Katz (1988) said that when

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