Deviance theories: Part one

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Still from documentary ‘A Very British Gangster’ – SBS

A deviance essay requires you to explain deviance using a range of sociological theories. In the past two lessons we have looked at Functionalist theories, including:

  • Traditional functionalist theory (Durkheim)
  • Anomie theory, specifically known as Structural-strain theory (Merton)
  • Delinquent Subculture theory (Cohen)
  • Cultural-transmission theory, specifically Differential Association theory (Sutherland) This theory is sometimes viewed as an interactionist theory. 

Resources:

VanKriekenDeviance (Functionalist theories plus more)

Cohen Delinquent Subculture

Gang babes love to kill (This is a case study about female gangs in New York City)

Gang babes love to kill page 2

RobertsonDeviance (Differential Association theory plus more)