Analysis Of The Relativity Of Deviance Is Most Aligned With Sociological Perspective?

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Midterm Remediation / SOCI 101 CCBC / Fall 2016 Section 03
1. Correct Answer is B/p. 198-204: The relativity of deviance is most aligned with which sociological perspective? Symbolic Interactionism (Henslin 198-204)
Symbolic Interactionists examine how people’s definitions of the situation underlie their deviating from or conforming to social norms. Symbolic interactionism does this by using three different theories. One theory is the differential association theory – Edwin Sutherland’s term to indicate that people who associate with some groups learn an “excess of definitions” of deviance, increasing the likelihood that they will become deviant. From the groups we associate with, we learn to deviate from or conform to society’s norms. For example, family makes a big difference in whether people learn deviance or conformity. Therefore, families that are involved in crime tend to set their children on a lawbreaking path. Moreover, kids that have delinquent friends are likely to become delinquent. (Henslin 198) A second theory is the control theory. This theory states that the idea that two control systems – inner controls (our internalized morality – our conscience, religious principles, ideas of right and wrong) and outer controls (consists of people who influence us not to deviate) – work against our tendencies to deviate. (Henslin 199) The third theory is the labeling theory – the view that the labels people are given affect their own and others’ perceptions of them, thus…

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