SOC101Y1 Lecture : Chapter 14-Crime and Deviance notes Jan 28

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N how definitions and perceptions of deviance change over time and how disagreements often arise over those definitions. N rules change and people often disagree with the rules. N how people react to deviance tells us about how society is organized; power, privilege, resource distribution, social order. Deviance and crime as outcomes of social control. N nonconformity becomes deviance when it produces a negative social reaction, Informal social control: occurs through interactions among individuals and includes expressions of disapproval, avoidance. Formal social control: practiced by state; through official organizations, agents, criminal justice system- relies largely on external control. N crime is a special case of deviance- defined by social norms that are formalized in criminal law. N conflict theorists: analyze the relationship among: power struggles over defining deviance, organization of social control, people defined as deviant. The social construction of deviance and its consequences.

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