SOCY 1004 - Week 1 Notes
Deviance: Behavior, Beliefs, or characteristics that violate or depart from a basic norm, likely to
generate negative reactions.
✱relative to who, where, what, and when.
•Viewed as specific, •Viewed as subjective, dependent
concrete phenomenon in on time, place, society.
material world. •Reality not taken for granted.If you want to learn more check out cornucopians
•Reality of deviance is •Subjective
taken for granted, obvious
Societal VS SituationalWe also discuss several other topics like How many theories of IR are there?
•Includes actions and •Manifests in actual concrete
conditions that are widely social circles.We also discuss several other topics like What refers to the act of obtaining a desired object form someone by offering something in return?
recognized to be generally
•Deviance based on socio, economic, political, statuses, behaviors or conditions not inherently If you want to learn more check out What is the simplest component of matter?
-Established by those in power (maintain and enhance).
•Norm =culturally defined standard or rule of contact
-Informal understandings that govern behavior.
•Social Constructs are created when power and social importance is ascribed to it.
ABC’S of Deviance
•A = Attitudes
-Unpopular or unconventional beliefs that may or may not manifest themselves in overt
•B = Behavior
-Any overt action (which includes the failure to act) that is likely to attract condemnation.
•C = Conditions
-Physical characteristics or traits that make someone a target of an audiences
Disapproval, avoidance, or other negative social reactions.
Prescriptive VS Proscriptive
Societal Encouragement Societal Discouragement
Ex: Recycling, Holding doors Ex: Murder, professor in Tank,
Open Talking in a Theatre
Positive Deviance (vague concept): Civil Rights Movement, Random Acts of Kindness