What is Crime and Deviance?

What is Crime?
A crime is a deliberate act that causes physical and psychological harm, damage to or the loss of property, and is against the law
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What is Deviance?
Deviance describes an action or behaviour that violates social norms.
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What is Formal Deviance?
Crime is the violation of formally enacted laws. For example: Murder and Theft.
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What is Informal Deviance?
Violations of informal social norms, norms that have not been codified into laws. For example: Tattoos and Piercings.
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What are Social Norms?
Socila norms are informal understandings that govern the behaviour of members of society.
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What is are the differences between Crime and Deviance?
1) Deviance is a violation of social norms whereas crime is a violation of laws of the land. 2) Deviance can be criminal and non-criminal, but crime is always criminal in nature. 3) Deviance is not considered as severe as crime.
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