Social Deviance Essay

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Social deviance is a very broad term, which describes actions or behaviors that violate social “norms.” Norms, in a simple context, are rules by which members of society are expected to conform to. When discussing the term deviance, one might talk about the failure, or people’s failures to adapt to rules established by society. Social deviance has many forms and interpretations. Deviant acts, are primarily relative to setting, because deviance in one place could be considered non-deviance in another place. Theft, violence, murder, or any kind of criminal behavior, can be considered either deviant or non-deviant. It’s up to countries, establishments, and governing bodies to determine what acts are and aren’t acceptable. For example, …show more content…
There’s no need for our country to try and eliminate deviants, especially negative deviants all together, because that’s neither impossible nor practical. Violent deviants only make up a small fraction of the controversy, and the other small fraction of deviants are either positive and bring about good, or negative and still bring about good. A large group of “deviants” wrote the Declaration of Independence, and although the founding fathers were dealt with because they didn’t fit the status quo, they’re now considered heroes, thanks to their contribution to our inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
To many, Rosa Parks was considered the “mother of the civil rights movement,” but in a sociological context, she could be considered a social deviant. A social deviant is one who fails to conform to social norms. Members of society are guided to follow these “norms,” which in a simple context, are rules and guidelines that should be guided. However, not all members want to conform to certain rules that society imposes, so they break them, in hopes of either satisfying themselves, or benefiting others. Rosa Parks is a prime example of one who chose neither to conform to the rules nor live up to the “status quo” that was expected to be maintained. Parks was a woman of gallantry whose years of formidability led to the eradication of segregation on public buses. Her notorious, but unselfish ways, contributed to

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