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Chapter 9

Ch. 9 Deviance

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Sociology and Anthropology
SA 150
Ann Travers

SA 150 Ch 9 devianceThe Social Foundations of Deviance1Deviance varies according to cultural norms Ex Different legal drinking ages at diff provinces2People become deviant as others define them that way Depends on how others perceive or respond to other ppls activities3Both rule making and rule breaking involve social powerPowerful ppl use rules to protect their interests MarxSTRUCTURALFUNCTIONAL ANALYSISEmile Durkheim the Functions of Deviance1Deviance affirms cultural values and norms There can be no justice wo crime2Responding to deviance clarifies moral boundaries Ppl draw social boundary betw Right and wrong3Responding to deviance promotes social unity Anniversaries to mourn a massacre4Deviance encourages social change Todays deviances may become tomorrows morality Ex Rock and RollRobert Mertons Strain TheoryThere is limited opportunity especially among the poor to get rich Thus ppl may resort toother ways to get richInnovation the attempt to achieve a culturally approved goalwealth by unconventional means drug sales
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