Deviant Behavior is any behavior that is not consistent in what society considers to be normal. There are several behaviors that can be classified as deviant behavior, some of those being simple acts like purposely taking candy from a small child just for kicks or on the other end of the spectrum in the criminal sense such as trespassing onto a freeway overpass to tag a gang sign.
Deviant behavior is simply an act that the majority of society feels has stepped over the boundary of acceptable in their view. Examples of deviant behavior that wouldn’t be considered criminal would be placing dog poop in bags and leaving it on peoples front porches for fun. Letting the air out of your neighbor’s car tires and hiding in the bushes to see the reaction on his face or even covering the handle of your co-workers coffee mug with superglue can all be deviant behaviors but not criminal.
Now on the other end, criminal behaviors that are not deviant would be more direct approaches like pulling a gun and shooting someone in a bar fight. beating up your spouse because you had a bad day or robbing your local liquor store by firearm. Simply put any act that not only society feels is socially non-acceptable but an individual themselves may not approve of an others behavior because they may have strong ethical and moral character values and view others behaviors as deviant even though the act itself is non-criminal and not deviant in manner.
There are several behaviors that we as Americans like to do that would be criminal in other parts of the world such as cheating on your spouse in certain countries this is considered a criminal act and can get you killed. Even though in California as an adult you can consume marijuana in your own home in some countries just the simple possession is a criminal offense.
Here in the United States many media outlets and people, in general, like to speak badly against the President wherein several other countries any negative words toward the president is absolutely a criminal act where one could face imprisonment or even death.
Checkpoint Deviant Behavior ShirleyL Nieves November 24, 2011 SOC/120 According to chapter seven of Society (2006) deviance is the recognized violation of cultural norms. Something deviant in Europe might not be considered deviant in the United States. Someone who behaves in a manner which is against the norm of their culture is considered deviant. Some examples of human behavior that is considered deviant in some countries are woman who wear makeup, or woman being allowed to vote.
According to Society (2006), woman in Saudi Arabia not only cannot vote, but are not allowed to drive automobiles as well. In the United States on the other hand, woman are allowed to wear makeup, vote, and drive automobiles. This is a good example of ways an individual can behave in a form that is considered deviant behavior. When a female in Saudi Arabia disobeys these norms they are punished and sometimes even forced to leave their homes or even country. I live in Puerto Rico and honestly laws and norms are basically the same as in the U.
S. A, but here deviant behavior is based on all the crime that occurs. People behave wrong and frequently break the law, these are people that behave in deviant ways. When a crime is commited by someone who is a powerful citizen due to his social status, their behavior is handeled quickly and sometimes they don’t receive a strong concrete punishment because they have money, and this makes it easy for them to bail out and buy their way out of paying for their behavior.
Yet when it concerns a person of less social status they usually are thrown into prison and they have to pay for their behavior. This reminds me of a sign I read the other day, it read on one side of the page a person of low social status is charged with possecion of drugs and is thrown into jail, on the other side it read a person of a higher social status is charged with possecion of drugs and they are given the chance to be able to go to rehab. This makes me think….. What is this society coming to when money makes who you are.