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There are some groups in society who are more likely to be labelled deviant. (a) What is meant by the term deviant ? [2]
(b) Describe two groups in society who are likely to be labelled as deviant. [4] (c) Explain why some groups in society are more likely to have the power to label others as deviant. [6] (d) Once a group has been labelled deviant, what are the likely consequences for them? [8]

Official crime statistics can be misleading and open to interpretation. One reason for this is the existence of the so-called dark figure. (a) What is meant by the term the dark figure? [2]
(b) Describe two reasons why people fail to report crimes to the police. [4] (c) Why do white-collar crimes often go unrecorded? [6]
(d) How far, and in what ways, may the activities of the police influence official crime statistics? [8]

Labelling theory suggests that some groups in society are more likely than others to be seen as deviant. (a) What is meant by the term deviant? [2]
(b) Describe two groups in society who are likely to have the power to label others as deviant. [4] (c) Explain how traditional societies use informal social controls to deter deviant behaviour. [6] (d) How useful is labelling theory in understanding deviance? [8]

Official statistics provide an inaccurate measure of the true extent of crime in society. (a) What is meant by the term official crime statistics? [2] (b) Describe two reasons why not all crimes that are committed in a society are recorded in the official crime statistics. [4] (c) Explain why some groups are more likely than others to be represented in the crime statistics. [6]

(d) To what extent can criminal behaviour be explained in terms of social inequality? [8] In modern industrial societies there are a variety of styles of dress, types of music, special language and attitudes that distinguish youth from older people and from children. This is known as youth subculture. (a) What is meant by the term subculture? [2]

(b) Describe...
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