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Deviance – Types, Theories, Consequences and Detailed Explanation | Sociology



Deviance is a complex and socially constructed concept that varies across cultures and historical periods. The term refers to any behavior, belief, or condition that differs from the values, norms, and expectations of a particular social group or society. As a rule of thumb, norms are the unwritten rules and expectations that guide behavior in a society or group. They may be codified (laws) or informal (customs).

A society’s social control mechanisms, including both formal (the legal system) and informal (social shaming and peer pressure), are aimed at maintaining order and regulating deviant behavior.

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