12 terms

Social deviance

Basic definitions and theories
Any behaviour that violates social norms, and is usually odf sufficient severity to warrant disapporval from the majority of society
The violation of a society's formally enacted criminal law
Social control:
Attempts by society to control thoughts and behaviours of individuals
Criminal justice system:
A formal response by police, courts and prison officials in regards to alleged violations of the law
Labelling theory:
The idea that deviance comes from society's reactioons rather than the actions of an individual
A powerfully negative label that greatly changes a person's self concept and social identity
Medicalisation of deviance:
The transformation of moral and legal deviance into a medical tradition
White-collar crime:
Crime committed by people of high social rank during the course of their occupation
An act of moral vengeance by which society makes the offender suffer as much as the victim
The attempt to discourage criminality by using punishment
A program for reforming the offender, to prevent repeat offences
Later offences committed by those previously convicted of crimes