Theories of Deviance

Theories of Deviance


Society dictates what behaviors are normal and abnormal. Our discussion allows you to consider the different theories regarding deviant behaviors. Consider how the theories impact how people define and perceive abnormal behaviors.


In this discussion, you will explore both the positivist and constructionist perspectives. Positivist Theories of deviance include the Anomie-strain Theory, Social Learning Theory and Control theory. Constructionist Theories of deviance focus on the Labeling Theory, Phenomenological Theory or Conflict Theory.
Compare and contrast at least two of these while addressing the following:
How do the theories define deviance?
Who defines these deviant behaviors?
How does deviant behavior impact society?
How do these theories impact individuals?
How easily can behaviors change?

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