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Chapter 9 Crime and Deviance.docx

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SOC 103
Terry Roswell

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Chapter 9 Crime and Deviance Why study crime?  Find reason why crime occurs  Begin an understanding and figure out how to prevent it  Create new laws or adjust existing laws  What is acceptable in our society and what is wrong in our society  Enforcing the law for social norms  Learn about society using King Arthur Theory  All of us are affected by crime because we all must follow the rules and regulations placed out for all of us  We can take a look at USA and us and you will see that USA is a more violent society  Location in regards to drug trafficking from Mexico and that is trickling into the united states Murder  Manipulation  Self defense  Revenge Domestic Violence  Abused as a child  Financial stress  Stess from work  Away to feel empowered over others  Has a lot to do with power  Ego for male patriarchical society Drug Dealing  Poor maybe has an addiction  Way to make quick money White Collar Crime  In a power position not to hurt anyone directly Deviance: Is always constantly changing, deviance in Canadian society may be different from deviance in an American society Deviance departs from social normal that is subject to social control Not all crimes are deviant or unusual acts, not all deviant acts are illegal or criminal Smoking marijuana Criminal and Deviant  Marijuana use in Canada is illegal but is it deviant?  Significant % of youths have used or are using drugs and ¾ surveyed soft drugs should be allowed for person use  Vancouver study (2001) shows support for decriminalization of marijuana increased from 47% to 57% in three year period  Banned substance Who says what is normal?  If deviance is behaviour that is different from the norms, then who defines what is normal?  Societal norms define what is proper ad not proper behaviour  Norma are established through tradition culture or custom  Norma may be created when everyone agrees to avoid particular behaviours  The dominant culture defines what is normal  Cultural transmission is passed down to create social norms Deviance varies between societies  The fact that some behaviour is universally accepted and wrong while other behaviour is not gives us insight into the fact that deviance may simply be socially constructed  In other words, individuals construct their own definition of what is acceptable and what is not acceptable Examples of variation in deviance Spe
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