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Ch 73: Theories of Deviance & Social Control

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Review our lessons to review sociological theories of deviance along with methods of social control used within our society. Theories of deviance are reviewed in depth as are the varying types of social control mechanisms.

Theories of Deviance and Social Control - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our instructors review the sociological theories of deviance. They discuss the labeling theory and the impact of labeling on crime, and the relationship between social-conflict theory and crime. The chapter also gives an overview of crime and deviance within the US criminal justice system.

You'll also learn about the distinction between primary and secondary deviance. The concept of social control will be defined along with theories of social control. Different types of social control, customs, laws, and war, will be analyzed. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the sociological theories of deviance
  • Define labeling theory and state how it affects crime perception
  • Explain the relationship between social-conflict theory and crime
  • Identify the approaches to crime and deviance in the US criminal justice system
  • Explain primary and secondary deviance
  • Discuss social control and give examples
  • List different types of social control

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9 Lessons in Chapter 73: Theories of Deviance & Social Control
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Sociological Theories of Deviance: Definitions and Theoretical Perspectives

1. Sociological Theories of Deviance: Definitions and Theoretical Perspectives

There is a diverse range of behaviors in society that goes against expectations and cultural norms. In this lesson, we define and go over some examples of the different types of deviance. We also discuss two sociological theories about deviance created by Emile Durkheim and Robert Merton.

Labeling Theory and Crime: Stigma & Retrospective and Projective Labeling

2. Labeling Theory and Crime: Stigma & Retrospective and Projective Labeling

Labeling others is common in our society. In this lesson, we discuss the specifics of labeling theory, including when and why people are labeled. We also distinguish between retroactive and projective labeling and briefly discuss Travis Hirschi's control theory.

Social Conflict Theory and Crime: Definitions and Approach to Deviance

3. Social Conflict Theory and Crime: Definitions and Approach to Deviance

In this lesson, we discuss the social conflict approach to deviance, including the connection between deviance and power as well as deviance and capitalism. We also discuss the difference between white-collar and blue-collar crime and define corporate crime and organized crime.

Crime and Deviance in the U.S. Criminal Justice System: Punishment and Due Process

4. Crime and Deviance in the U.S. Criminal Justice System: Punishment and Due Process

In this lesson, we discuss the U.S. criminal justice system and how it deals with deviant acts. We define due process and discuss four rationales for social punishment: retribution, deterrence, rehabilitation, and societal protection.

Primary Deviance: Definition & Examples

5. Primary Deviance: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will define primary deviance and compare it with secondary deviance. We will look into various examples that display the sociological concept.

Secondary Deviance: Definition & Examples

6. Secondary Deviance: Definition & Examples

This lesson will cover secondary deviance as well as illustrate the difference between secondary deviance and primary deviance. Some examples of each will be given.

Deviance in Sociology: Definition, Theories & Examples

7. Deviance in Sociology: Definition, Theories & Examples

Deviance is defined as the recognized violation of cultural norms. Learn more about the definition and some of the major theories attached to deviance and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Social Control: Definition, Theory & Examples

8. Social Control: Definition, Theory & Examples

In this lesson, we'll review the definition of social control, analyze social control theory and go over some relevant examples which will help us gain a thorough understanding of the theory as it relates to criminology.

Types of Social Control: Customs, Laws & War

9. Types of Social Control: Customs, Laws & War

This lesson will seek to explain the different social controls or constraints that exist in societies around the globe. In doing so, it will highlight the concepts of customs, laws, and war.

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