Deviance and Social Control by Alexus Parker

In chapter 11, the readers delves into the world of deviance and social norms. Deviance is every type of behavior that isn’t considered the social norm, for example: prostituting, necromancy,pedohpilia, and more. In other words, being a deviant or having the behaviors of one, are things most people would not say that they do or even think about, because depending where they live, it unacceptable to have those thoughts or behavior. However, in relation to deviant behaviors being subjective, what is considered a social norm at one point in history may become deviant in the future ( or vice-versa). Slavery is briefly mentioned in this section, as once being a social norm but in modern day America if a person owned someone, they would be arrested. An example of something once being accepted in society then becoming deviant, is the use of Marijuana. In recent years there has been a lot of news covering the decriminalization of marijuana, and because of the popularity of it, the effort for legalizing marijuana has increased exponentially. In some countries marijuana is completely legalized for all intents and purposes.

I think most people forget that a social norm or what is considered normal, will always be a subjective. An entire society could believe that being an atheist is completely wrong and sinful but there will always be a group of people, unrelated to that group that is being ostracized, that believes the opinion of the masses is wrong. With that being said, what is something that the american society believes is wrong but you do not? Or what do you think is wrong but the american society think is acceptable?

 

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