Deviance-Chapter 6

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC 100
Professor
Barbara Lasic
Semester
Spring

Description
Deviance 03/03/2014 Theoretical Perspectives Micro Level Explanations of Deviance: Rational Choice Theories: Focus on individual choices, costs, and benefits Interactionist Theories: Focus on Relationships and meanings Rational Choice theories of Deviance Individuals make choices about deviance based on costs and benefits to themselves Positive Sanctions: Rewards (benefits) for socially approved behaviors Negative sanctions: Punishments (costs) for breaking social norms Social control occurs when costs of deviance are higher than benefits Punishment should impose  high costs for criminal behavior as a deterrent.  Rational Choice Theories: Social Control Theory Bonds encourage us to adhere to norms People are bonded to society in 4 ways 1. Attachment to others 2. Commitment to conventional activities 3. Involvement in activities that keep them busy 4. Belief in the social rules of their culture TO follow norms, 
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