Deviance and Its Consequences Essay

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Virgin M. Matos SOC 100 August 10th, 2014 Kim Maas Deviant Behavior Deviance can be defined as a wayward turn from all of the cultural norms of society that are in place. Basically, it is a violation of the normal ways of thinking and acting by our society. Society looks at deviance as generally having a negative impact on society. However, this can be disputed. What is deviant behavior in one part of the country may be of the social norm in another part of the country. Society and culture determine what is and is not deviant behavior. There are several theories that address deviance. The Social-Control theory suggests that deviance is just social controls that have failed. It has been said that those people who are the weakest link in their social group will likely become deviant. They are sometimes looking for a way out and to make themselves known and heard. The Conflict theory looks at criminal behavior and suggests that reasonable individuals are forced by circumstances to break laws. Some believe that they think that society owes them something and are trying to regain what has been lost or denied. Furthermore, the Functionalist theory proposes that deviance actually unifies feelings within a society. This unity will help to define and redefine the social norms of a society. A free thinker is a good example of a type of person who can be classified as a deviant. Free thinkers are those people who reject authority. It has been studied that most of the free thinkers in society base their decisions off of religious beliefs. Another example of a free thinker is one who forms his or her own ideas and own opinions independently of authority or of accepted views. They do not use any outside influence to push them into a decision. Furthermore, these types of people will question the morality of the laws of society. Laws are just supposed to be followed and
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