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Deviance: behavior, beliefs or characteristics which are likely to generate a negative response in others. It is the process of which the actors, believers, and the possessors characteristics are tainted, stigmatized and inferiorized. It is about making rules, breaking rules and the reactions to breaking rules. Humans are evaluative creatures; we continually make judgments about others. 4 things needed for deviance to occur: rules or norms must exist, someone must violate or thought to have violate that rule or norm, must be an audience who judges the normative violation, likelihood of negative reactions. Hierarchy view: people with power decide what is deviant or the majority of a society. Horizontal/mosaic view: deviance can be anything that any collectivity says it is, regardless of power. Societal deviance: actions and conditions that are widely recognized as deviant ex. rape, robbery & terrorism. These things are seen as bad by the vast majority of people.

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