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Effects of Punishment on Controlling Deviant Behavior

I need help; I can't get started:

· Describe factors that affect a society's perspective of deviant behavior.
· Analyze the effects of punishment on controlling deviant behavior.
· Illustrate the relationship between deviance and social inequality.

Write a response that analyzes the effects of punishment on controlling deviant behavior.

Any help will be much appreciated. Thank you.

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Hi,

Interesting paper topic!

Let's look at each of the three questions that you need to answer, which will hopefully help get you started. The questions will act as a tentative outline for the body of your paper. Your tentative outline might look something to the effect:

I. Introduction (e.g., introduce topic; include purpose or theses statement: The purpose of this paper is to...)
II. Society's Perspective on Deviant Behavior
a. Social and cultural norms, values and beliefs, etc.
b. Three theoretical perspectives
c. Religion
III. Effects of Punishment on Controlling Deviant Behavior
IV. Relationship between Deviance and Inequality
V. Conclusion (e.g. re-state purpose in different words, sum up main points)

Now let's look at some information and ideas and examples for each of the three questions for you to consider.

RESPONSE:

1. Describe factors that affect a society's perspective of deviant behavior.

Deviance describes actions or behaviors that violate cultural norms including formally-enacted rules (e.g., crime) as well as informal violations of social norms (e.g. nose-picking, drinking patterns). Sociologists and criminologists study how these norms are created, challenged, and enforced. It is these cultural norms, both formal and informal, that reflect society's perspective of deviant behavior. How these social norms and perspectives of deviance evolve are explained in different ways by different theorists, including the factors that affect the development of these social norms e.g., systemic need for order, fighting over scare resources, labeling certain behaviors as deviant based on values and beliefs and interpretation.
The sociology of deviance contains a number of theories that seek to accurately describe trends and patterns that lie within social deviance to help better understand societal behavior. There are three broad sociological classes describing deviant behavior: structural functionalism, symbolic interactionism, and conflict theory.

Each theory suggests different factors that affect a society's perspective of deviant behavior. Functionalists argue that laws and social norms are formed to maintain the order or society. Therefore, deviant behavior would be all behavior that creates conflict and strife, instead of order to the system, which is the view of society. ...

Solution Summary

This solution describes factors that affect a society's perspective of deviant behavior e.g. effects of punishment on controlling deviant behavior and the relationship between deviance and social inequality. Supplemented with an article on the theories of deviant and social control.

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