Examples Of Deviance

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Deviance; we all take part in it, one way or another. Best defined as “the recognized violation of cultural norms,” (Macionis p. 212) tells of how we all contribute aberrant actions to society all the time, some with our entire lifestyles and way of being. It just means to say that we all veer from the righteous path at times, whether it be breaking a religious commandment, a legal law, or simply doing something ‘unusual’ such as being a white person with dreads. Being deviant is something that, whether it be surprising or not, has to do with society and how it’s organized. Of course, acts that are deviant in one state or country could be perceived as relatively normal in another, causing the definition of a criminal or outlier to vary. Robert…show more content…
People tend to abandon their personal ritualism - they vote despite believing the electoral system is rigged, at times having to vote for candidates they both have disdain for, having to choose the lesser evil. For example, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were the chosen candidates for the Democratic and Republican parties in the most recent presidential election. Lots of people didn’t agree with either of them and found them both insufferable but the majority of voters became complacent due to the fact that one of the two was the political party that they aligned with, or the fact that they knew that splitting the vote to cast a ballot for their actual beliefs from a minority party would be even more detrimental. We see complacency a lot, with aspiring young creatives having to replace their ambition for their goals with the action of doing the bare minimum to attain them, allowing rules to derail them from their true potential. They tend to give up their true goals for material…show more content…
A great example of a group like this is terrorist organizations because they typically have different notions of what societies should be working towards, as well as alternative means. Of course, terrorism embodies violence and reform typically in lieu of the then-current political dominance. ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has a mission of putting in power an individual they deem a religious successor to Muhammad, an entity to unite Muslims worldwide. They seem to want simple change for unity and such, but they advocate for themselves in such a way, using social media and fear tactics to promote their violent acts, such as beheadings, etc. to show that there can only be one victor and that they have the means to perform a coup successfully. This rebel group starts off as any does, with earnest ambition for change that’s unique in what they see as a homogeneous, flawed society, but ultimately and typically ends up carrying out a distorted variation of their base plan. Defiance Merton’s Strain Theory, going hand in hand, offer a unique and detailed way to understand varied groups and individuals and how different aspects of societies play into their actions. The four modes of deviance included innovation, ritualism, retreatism, and rebellion, all having some facet of the society they’re involved in be rejected or replaced, differing on the
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