deviance | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Criminology

In the criminology context, deviance refers to behavior that is outside the norm or that violates social expectations or rules.

Deviance can take many forms and can range from minor infractions, such as disobeying traffic laws, to more serious offenses, such as theft or violence. Deviance is a complex and multifaceted concept, and there are many different theories about the causes and nature of deviant behavior. Some criminologists view deviance as a normal part of human behavior, while others see it as a social problem that needs to be addressed through the criminal justice system. Deviance is often studied as a way to understand crime and criminal behavior, and it is an important area of research in the field of criminology.

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Last Modified: 01/09/2023


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