Defining Crime and Deviance

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Defining Crime and Deviance

Definitions of crime and deviance

Crime = behaviour which breks laws and is punished by the legal system

Deviance = behaviour which goes against the norms, and values and expectations of social group or society

Crime is mostly deviant, but not all deviance 

Crime and Deviance are socially constructed

  • crime and deviance are culturally determined 
  • Plummer (1979) made a distinction between situational deviance and societal deviance

Situational deviance means


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