UNDERSTANDING HUMAN SOCIETY
CRIME AND DEVIANCE
An act or failure to act that breaks the law of the land.
Actions that do not conform to the norms or expectations of members of society.
In groups, carry out the Quiz on Crime and Deviance.
What conclusions can you draw from your discussions?
A Criminal Act can become a deviant act and some deviant acts can become criminal.
Some acts can be both deviant and criminal. Can you think of examples?
What is the difference between a criminal act and a deviant act?
Now , in groups, discuss worksheet 2.
Did you draw any conclusions this time?
BBC - Chewin' the Fat - The Neds
Is crime a choice . or an impulse beyond the criminal’s control? Why do gangs develop in some areas of a city and not in others? How does a thief learn the tricks of the trade? Why do employees support questionable business practices? What sorts of values are held by drug traffickers? ? ? ?
How does the lack of economic opportunity lead to criminality? How might the architecture of shopping malls encourage crime? Why has the drug user become the central target of law enforcement? How does a global economy affect crime in a particular neighbourhood? What does a murderer feel in the moments before killing
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Laws state clearly which activities are criminal…….
Laws can change. There are many examples of how deviant or criminal acts have become normalised.
SOCIAL ACTION THEORISTS: DEVIANCE IS SOCIALLY CONSTRUCTED
DEVIANCE IS CULTURALLY RELATIVE
CONFLICT THEORISTS: DEVIANCE IS SOCIALLY CAUSED