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Crime and Deviance in Our Society Crime and deviance to all different degrees is a normal part of our society However deviance varies according to cultural norms No thought or action is inherently deviant it is only seen in that way in relation to a societies particular norms What is considered deviant in one society may be socially acceptable in another For example I had a friend who went on vacation to Texas and Stated that it is legal to consume alcohol in a car This may be legal in Texas but is greatly frowned upon and highly illegal in most other States Gambling is another act that is only legal in certain States elsewhere gambling is illegal These examples seem understandable but if you explore other countries of the world you will find that normal everyday acts that we dont think twice about are considered illegal In Albania it is a criminal act to publicly display religious faith such as the act or crossing ones self and in Singapore people are arrested for selling chewing gum So as you can see any act can be considered deviance depending upon Societys cultural norms The Structural Functional Paradigm as studied by Emile Durkheim looks at deviance as a necessity It is believed that deviance actually serves a purpose to our society Deviance helps a society make moral choices When acts of crime or deviance are committed people automatically associate those acts as the immoral choice to make In addition by looking out some people as deviant and others as not a society can draw the boundary between right and wrong For instance at Northeastern University a line is drawn between academic honesty cheating by disciplining those who plagiarize or cheat on an exam This helps clarify to students that studying is the moral choice to make as opposed to cheating which will lead to disciplinary action Deviance weather we like it or not
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