Hi, I think your points are well made and do spark conversation. You provide a good discussion about what deviance is and what it is not and then compare and contrast it well to illegal behavior. The two sometimes are the same, but often are not. I also like the way you point out that a majority can easily abuse its power and make every thing they believe to be "wrong" illegal, not just deviant. What I would write back is that deviance is NOT just a person's unwillingness to change or abide by rules or laws for the function of society. Deviance is any act that society deems wrong for any reason. Deviance in one society, for example, is when people do not pray every day, wear head coverings, etc. Deviance, therefore, is often cultural, meaning each culture has its own definition of what is deviance. Also, a person can act in a deviant way not because he or she is unwilling to follow the rules, but because he or she may not know the rules or may be unable, due to his/her personal beliefs or due to illness or other personal problems from following the rules. We must be careful, therefore, when calling something deviant that we understand our understanding of what is deviant can be very different from that of others. Diversity, in fact, can create situations where many people mistakenly view others as being deviant but that belief may be very egocentric.
Thank you very much....this is my first online class and I am not use to the way they are doing things! So, I appreciate your assistance!
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