Violation of Social Norms

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC 100
Professor
Barbara Lasic
Semester
Spring

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Violation of Social Norms 03/05/2014 Deviance: the violation of social norms  Characteristics of deviance Deviance is socially constructed Acts may be deviant in one time and place but not in others A group or status may be defined as deviant Most people occasionally violate norms, but whether that violator is seen as  deviant depends upon the importance and severity of the violation Structural functional viewpoint­ deviance serves vital functions for society Sets examples of unacceptable behavior Provides guidelines for behavior that is necessary to maintain social order Bonds people together through their common rejection of deviant behavior Provides jobs for those who deal with deviants Can signal problems in a society that need to be addressed (stimulate positive  change) Misconceptions About Deviance Belie
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