Essay On Crime And Deviance

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The Differences Between Crime and Deviance in the Belizean Society In the Belizean society, many people's life, safety and rights have been violated. There have been countless cases of crimes being committed in our society. But what most people do not know is that deviance is also happening in our country and that crime is just a category of deviance. Crime is an action or omission that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and is punishable by law, for example felony, murder, rape, etc. There are different types of crimes. On the other hand, deviance is defined as any action that is perceived as violating a society's or group's cultural norm. Norms dictate what is considered acceptable and unacceptable behavior across cultures. There are many categories of deviance that are negative and positive.…show more content…
Retrieved November 14, 2015, from http://www.sparknotes.com/sociology/deviance/section1.rhtml). Norms dictate what is considered acceptable and unacceptable behavior across cultures. One category of deviance is crime, which occurs when someone violates a society's formal laws. Criminal deviance include a wide range of behavior, from minor traffic violations to arson to murder. For instance, a man robbing a store and someone driving over the speed limit, both fit into this category. However, laws make up only one piece of a complex system of countless rules like formal, informal, written, implied, etc. to which we are expected to conform. Any act of nonconformity to these rules is considered deviant. For example, something as simple as wearing sweat pants to work is an act of nonconformity to a usually informal expectation, and it makes that person a deviant. Small deviant acts like this are very common. Nonconformity isn't always a negative instance of rule breaking. We can also include behaviors that fall into the category
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