SOC 310 Sociology of Deviant Behavior

The sociology of deviant behavior investigates social groups in society that deviate from dominant social norms. Deviance is relative to its historical context and place. Depending on your social position in society, you may find yourself defined as committing informal social deviance, in that you are different from the dominant norm, or you may commit formal deviance, in that you break the law and engage in criminal behavior. Committing an act of deviance does not make one abnormal, and deviant groups are still structured by familiar social norms. Deviance is an analytical concept to understand how difference organizes social oppression.




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