Deviance in Sociology: Definition, Theories & Examples


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Under Robert K. Merton's Strain Theory, a person who sells drugs to achieve financial security would be called a/an:

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1. The _____ asserts that deviance and conformity aren't the result of what we necessarily do, but how others respond to what we do.

2. Labeling Theory asserts that _____ deviance applies when someone else makes something of your deviant behavior.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Make sure you know about the different theories surrounding deviance in sociology before attempting this quiz. You'll need to be able to distinguish the assertions that correspond to the theories in order to pass, as well as understanding how different theorists would approach the study of deviance.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be asked about the following:

  • Strain Theory
  • Identifying theories based on their assertions
  • Labeling Theory
  • What type of theorist would be interested in the relationship between capitalism and deviance
  • The term describing how people define deviance in everyday situations

Skills Practiced

These study resources will help you develop the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on deviance in sociology
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the different theories related to deviance in sociology
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Strain Theory

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson called Deviance in Sociology: Definition, Theories & Examples. This lesson covers objectives such as those listed below:

  • Understand the Structural Functional perspective and who developed it
  • Recognize what characterizes innovators and conformists under Strain Theory
  • Compare Primary Deviance and Secondary Deviance under the Labeling Theory
  • Define 'stigma'
  • Know the social-conflict approach