Law, "a governmental social control" (Black 2), is a quantitative variable that changes in time and space and can be defined by style: penal, compensatory, therapeutic or conciliatory (Black 5). The brief description of law and its interrelation with social control and deviant behavior can be encapsulated in the following scheme. This concept of law put into the context of social life gives a framework of the behavior of law. Donald Black breaks social life into several variables, such as stratification, morphology, culture, organization and social control. All these aspects are quantitative variables in time, space and across the settings. In contemporary social life they intertwine between each other and relate to law and deviant behavior. According to Black 's definition, stratification is "the vertical aspect of social life", "any uneven distribution of the material conditions of existence" (Black 11), in other words the discrimination of wealth. Stratification can be measured in quantity, delineated in style and viewed from two perspectives, as a "magnitude of difference in wealth" (Black 11) and
Cited: Black, Donald. The Behavior of Law. Academic Press, Inc. 1976.