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Conflict Theory & Deviance -- Research Starters Sociology

By: Goar, Heidi;

2009 / EBSCO


Deviance, the violation of dominant societal norms, is defined from a sociological perspective. The major theorists associated with conflict theory, including Karl Marx and Max Weber are discussed. Class is established as the major element in deviance from a conflict perspective. A discussion of how systems work to legitimate those in power, as well as the dominant norms members are expected to follow. White-collar crime is discussed, as is the prison-industrial complex. The article explores those who control the media, and looks at studies which negate the idea that class and wealth distribution is the source of deviance. A brief look at the major sociological perspective of structural-functionalism and its arguments for the causes of deviance in societies is also included.