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Dennis, Dr. Jeffery. 2010. “Social Deviance”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, April. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


Sociologists use the term deviant to refer to any behavior, belief, interest, activity, physical characteristic, or group affiliation used as a reason to mark people as wrong: immoral, criminal, psychopathic, subhuman. Deviance in itself is not necessarily immoral, illegal, or harmful: people are labeled deviant for things that are trivial (bad table...

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