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Crime and Deviance
Social Control and Responses to Variant Behaviour
Phil Bartle
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It is less about how you define them as who has the power to make the definitions
While the newspaper editorial writers wonder why people commit crimes, sociologists wonder that people conform as much as they do. . The main difference between crime and deviance other than crime lies in the social response to the acts in question.
Where rules against some behaviour is codified in our formal legal system, they are called criminal, while the vast majority of acts outside the prescribed limits stimulate responses that are informal and not codified. . The difference appears to lie in our distinction between gemeinschaft and gesellschaft using the terminology of Tönnies.
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