Relationship between Deviance and Society The relationship between deviance and society is one of the most important questions for many sociologists. One way in which the idea of deviance has been conceived is as a continuum. In Social Deviance Stuart Henry suggests that the continuum should be seen as a bell curve with normal behaviours and abilities being in the middle. Negative behaviours and abilities become increasingly deviant heading towards the left tail. Superior behaviours and abilities like being a genius head toward the left tail. The important point being that there is negative and positive deviance in this model and the both get more extreme as the move away from the centre(Henry 16). In this essay it will be argued that this...The end:
.....ion of behaviours and groups on this continuum it is necessary to look at moral panics. Moral panics allow for the status quo to be maintained by making marginal groups, individuals and behaviours increasing deviant. In this way the dominant groups in society can maintain their position of privilege by making marginal groups and behaviours into something that needs to be controlled or eliminated. Works Cited Cocca , Carolyn E., “From “Welfare Queen” to “Exploited Teen” in Feminist Formations, Vol.14, Iss.2, Summer 2002: 56-80. Franzese , Robert J., The Sociology of Deviance, Charles C. Thomas Publishers, 2009. Henry, Stuart, Social Deviance, Polity, 2009. Miller, Merlene and Miller, David, Staying Clean and Sober, Woodland Publishing, 2005.