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these notes cover norms and will be on test 1
Sociology of Deviance
G. Stevenson
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Lindsey Notetaker on Friday August 26, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to SOCL 3501 at Louisiana State University taught by G. Stevenson in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 85 views. For similar materials see Sociology of Deviance in Sociology at Louisiana State University.


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Date Created: 08/26/16
SOCIOLOGY 3501- DEVIANCE- TEST 1 NOTES  Deviance: a violation of social norms that elicits a negative reaction  Norms: social rules that govern our behavior; they tell us what and what not to do. They keep social interaction moving smoothly. In turn, this tells us what we should expect from other people and what they should expect from us o Folkways: hold the door open for people, shake hands with people, etiquette. “How to behave in an elevator” example o Mores: much more serious than folkways. Many mores are going to be formalized norms which become law. Has to do with morals, don’t steal, hurt people, etc.  Taboos: special type of mores. So serious that we don’t like to think or talk about them.  Examples: o Incest: every society has an incest taboo, but nd everyone defines it differently. In the US, 2 cousin and out is considered incest. In other countries it is only the mother or father’s bloodline that is considered incest. o Eating human flesh: most societies have a taboo against this. In the US it usually comes back to religion. There are laws about how we treat bodies after they die.  Under certain circumstances these taboos become norms.  Example: when people are trapped and starving they might be forced to eat dead people. once they are saved, they would never return to eating flesh.  Relativity: norms are relative, what is appropriate for one group, they may not be appropriate for another group. If norms are relative, so is deviance. o Example: homicide is different than murder. Homicide is a person killing another person. Murder is intent without legal justification which is determined by the law o This is relative. Some states allow you to kill someone that broke into your house, even if they are running away from you, other states will put you in prison for this.  Sanctions: consequences for your actions o Formal sanctions are determined by society o Informal sanctions


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