Deviant Behavior

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Checkpoint Deviant Behavior

ShirleyL Nieves

November 24, 2011


According to chapter seven of Society (2006) deviance is the recognized violation of cultural norms. Something deviant in Europe might not be considered deviant in the United States. Someone who behaves in a manner which is against the norm of their culture is considered deviant. Some examples of human behavior that is considered deviant in some countries are woman who wear makeup, or woman being allowed to vote. According to Society (2006), woman in Saudi Arabia not only cannot vote, but are not allowed to drive automobiles as well. In the United States on the other hand, woman are allowed to wear makeup, vote, and drive automobiles. This is a good example of ways an individual can behave in a form that is considered deviant behavior. When a female in Saudi Arabia disobeys these norms they are punished and sometimes even forced to leave their homes or even country. I live in Puerto Rico and honestly laws and norms are basically the same as in the U.S.A, but here deviant behavior is based on all the crime that occurs. People behave wrong and frequently break the law, these are people that behave in deviant ways.

When a crime is commited by someone who is a powerful citizen due to his social status, their behavior is handeled quickly and sometimes they don’t receive a strong concrete punishment because they have money, and this makes it easy for them to bail out and buy their way out of paying for their behavior. Yet when it concerns a person of less social status they usually are thrown into prison and they have to pay for their behavior. This reminds me of a sign I read the other day, it read on one side of the page a person of low social status is charged with possecion of drugs and is thrown into jail, on the other side it read a person of a higher social status is charged with possecion of drugs and they are given the chance to be able to go to rehab. This makes me...
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