Framing Deviance, sociology assignment help

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For this discussion, refer to the Deseran and Chung reading, "Appearance, Role-Taking, and Reactions to Deviance: Some Experimental Findings" (link in the Resources area).

Sociologists argue that deviance that is socially constructed and our understanding of what is deviance can vary from situation to situation. Address the following questions based on your review of Deseran and Chung:

  • How does our understanding of deviance differ by group (for example, between children and adults or people of different races)?
  • What are the norms that determine what is considered deviant?
  • Can you identify any deviant acts that may be considered deviant for one group but not for another? Why is this the case?
  • How would a sociologist explain the different experiences (in terms of deviance) different groups have with deviance?
  • Can you think of any similar examples in your everyday life?

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Deviance refers to behavior that is contrary to what the society expects or considers
reasonable. A person who behaves in a way that is not usual or viewed as external displays
deviant behavior. According to Deseran & Chung reading, the understanding of what is
acceptable or not differs among different groups. For instance, the study indicates that
individuals with hippie appearance are naturally assumed to be deviant in this study's setting as
opposed to those with straight appearance. It is clear that appearance determines how society
views people in this particular setting. However in other groups, for example, children, the
imagined degree of the impact their actions would have on their family and friends determine
what is right or wrong to them. For example, if a child breaks the ...

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