Monday, January 9, 2012

Deviance

Deviance is recognised as violation of cultural norms which guide all human activities.Crime which is the violation of society's formally enacted criminal laws is a category of deviance.Criminal deviance ranges from minor thefts to major ones like murder etc.

There is very little link between genes and human behaviour.Psychological explanations of deviance also focus on individual abnormality.While some personality traits are hereditary personality is primarily shaped by social experience.

Deviance is shaped is society and it varies according to cultural norms.Social power is involved in the determination of norms and the ways in which situtions are defined.

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