SOC100H5 Chapter Notes - Chapter 5: White-Collar Crime, Victimless Crime, Official Statistics

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Deviance: breaking a norm and evoking a negative reaction from others. Law is a norm stipulated and enforced by government bodies. What is considered a crime in some places is considered normal in other places. Many deviant acts go unnoticed or are considered too trivial to warrant sanctions, Committing more serious acts of deviance are typically punished, formally or informally. Formal punishment results from people breaking laws prison time, etc. Informal punishment is mild raised eyebrows, harsh stares, etc. When people are stigmatized, they are negatively evaluated because of visible characteristics that distinguish them from others. Types of deviance and crime vary in terms of the severity of social response which ranges from mild disapproval to capital punishment. They also vary in terms of perceived harmfulness and degree of public agreement about whether an act should be considered deviant. Even the social definition of murder varies over time and across cultures and societies.

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