Examples Of Social Construction Of Deviance

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Social Construction of Deviance
Societies and cultures create sets of norms which essentially govern and control their people. The act of straying from these typical cultural norms and expectations is known as deviance. Cultural standards vary greatly throughout the world and are flexible to change, therefore deviance is a relative concept. This means that cultural norms are specific to a particular area and do not always apply to other areas, causing the idea of deviance to vary depending on what that society views as normal. This variation of standards led to the sociological concept of the social construction of deviance.
One example of the socially constructed nature of deviance can be seen the way people in the United States and the
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