Defining Crime and Deviance
Every institution contributes to social control, stability and order to prevent crime and deviance:
- Family - socialises you into the norms and values of society.
- Education- hidden curriculum socialises you into accepting conformity.
- Political System-controls us through legislation.
- Workplace-controls us through a code of conduct.
- Media-socialises is into accepting how to behave (by promoting positive role models) and how not to behave (by demonising negative role models).
- Religion-socialises us by promoting strong morals and values.
Crime and Deviance can come in a variety of forms:
- Private-e.g. domestic violence.
- Public-e.g. 11pm assault.
- Individual-e.g. taking drugs.
- Collective-e.g. fox hunting.
- Extreme-e.g. murder.
- Trivial-e.g. leaving gum under the desk at school.
What is regarded as Crime or Deviance varies widely from time, culture and place:
- Glasgow-not allowed to be drunk in possession of a cow.
- Afghanistan-not allowed to carry a paper bag.
- Halifax, Canada-not allowed to wear scented body products.
- U.K-not allowed to dance in the pub.
- U.K-man is allowed to…