Crime and Deviant Behavior


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Essay #: 061718
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Crime and Deviant Behavior
There are many professionals who see deviant behavior as nothing more than anti-social behavior, in other words, non-conformity. “A person learns to commit deviant acts through interaction with his (primarily social) environment. In this social setting, consequences are attached to his behavior which reinforce (rewards) or fail to punish deviant acts to a greater extent than they reinforce conforming behavior” (Akers, 1973, para. 1). In other words, there seems to be a thrill in getting away with it. So, it may be argued that some crimes are committed for no other reason than the perpetrator can do so and believes he can get away with it. One does not need to be a psychopath or a career criminal to “enjoy” this...
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.....or seldom injures or robs or somehow maliciously affects someone. Crime does. Crime is deviant behavior gone too far.
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