Deviance and Its Consequences on Crime

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September 9, 2012
Deviance and Its Consequences on Crime
One may wonder what exactly deviance is? - What is deviant behavior? - Who defines what is deviant? - and Are they even the same type of behaviors or do people even consider deviant in all historical errors in all social contests? Deviance is referred to as violations of the social norms (that which would include legal norms) but many sociologists reject this type of behavioral or normative definition of deviance and see deviance instead as simply a label. It is “any behavior, belief, or condition that violates significant social norms in the society or group in which it occurs.” (2012, p. 160)

A deviant behavior would be someone who would committee a crime. “People are bound together by their consensus of morals.” ( 2001) When someone committees a crime they are conveying a deviant behavior and when they are doing this it usually evokes a formal or an informal type of punishment restriction or other controls of society, it really just depends on the severity of the crime that has been committed.

As far as a crime it is a violation of formally enacted law such as a person becoming deviant as others define them that way. The function of deviance affirms cultural values and norms as well as clarifies moral boundaries. The demographics of others in a group that witnessed or become victims of a crime of any sort would be the feelings of scared, disgust, hostility, angry, anxiety, outraged, or even excitement, just to name a few. It really would depend on the type of crime that would be happening at the time. A person may even have more than one feeling at a time. As far a group/victim or even a person reacting during a crime happening is usually not a very wise idea. Each person deals with these types of things in his or her own way. “Some people may feel angry, guilty, shame, in security, fear, powerlessness, and depression. People/Victims do not need have to live with all...
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