Throughout this paper I hope to present to you and myself various explanations in which I have personally related to being causes of deviant behavior in today’s society.
Deviance is defined as a violation of rules or norms. Deviant behavior usually evokes formal and informal punishment, restrictions, or other controls of society. These formal and informal controls constrain most people to conform to social norms. Despite the social sanctioning and controlling, however, we sometimes observe deviant behavior around us. Then, why do some people engage in such deviant behavior even if social punishments are expected? Sociologists have attempted to explain it in various aspects.
I have found there to be three possible explanations for my actions of deviance: the psychological, biological, and the sociological answer.
I am going to focus on the sociological perspective, for I feel that it holds the most knowledge acquired for why people act defiantly.
I believe that most importantly, family is the link to socialization in any child’s environment. In a family, it is found that problems such as conflict, neglect, abuse, divorce, and deviant parents are major vindicates for a child’s actions. I have discovered this to be true through my own personal experiences. My parents had divorced when I was about thirteen, a critical time to me as far as maturing and growing up. There was an abundance of arguing, fighting, and an extension of conflict throughout the household. I am certain it took a toll on me, I began to rebel. My parents grew angry, I grew feisty. I saw it like this-- if they didn’t play by the rules, I didn’t have to either. Parents are role models, right? The break up of my mother and father’s marriage hit me hard, but I would not be surprised if they told me that my deviance during the time hit them harder. My example that I have presented proves to me, my own connection to a sociological explanation for deviant behavior.
The reality that the definition of deviant behavior is considered different by everyone makes it complicated and unknown if a truly accurate answer can ever be found. This is why this topic is important to the study of sociology. Early researches first only thought parental absence affects girls and whites, although in contrast, modern research finds that the lack of supervision, or support a child needs is a link to delinquency in any race and gender. It occurs more in single parent homes because they have a harder time doing those things. Poverty is also a reason in the family for conflict because it can lead to both family breakups and delinquency. Children need close, supportive relationships with parents. What promotes deviance in the home is the inhibition children have to communicate with their parents. The child may...