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absolutism
approach to defining deviance that rests on the assumption that all human behavior can be considered either inherently good or inherently bad
criminalization
official definition of an act of deviance as a crime
deterrence theory
theory of deviance positing that people will be prevented from engaging in deviant acts if they judge the costs of such an act to outweigh its benefits
deviance
behavior, ideas, or attributes of an individual or group that some people in society find offensive
labeling theory
theory stating that deviance is the consequences of the application of rules and sanctions to an offender; a deviant is an individual to whom the identity "deviant" has been successfully applied
medicalization
definition of behavior as a medical problem and mandating the medical profession to provide some kind of treatment for it
relativism
approach to defining deviance that rests on the assumption that deviance is socially created by collective human judgements and ideas