Delta State University
Fall Semester 2003
Henslin Text, Chapter 6
(1) Provide a
sociological definition for the term deviance. Does deviance imply that something is bad?
Becker noted that “it is not the act itself, but the reactions that make
something deviant.” Explain this
statement and provide an example drawing upon Chagnon’s studies of the
(3) How do the
biological, psychological and sociological explanations of deviance differ?
Provide an example of each that illustrates the difference.
each of the following theories. For
each, identify the role that socialization and choice play in the theory.
(5) What can we
learn about symbolic interaction theory from differential association theory,
control theory and labeling theory?
(6) How do
functionalist and conflict approaches to deviance differ?
In your response, include (a) a summary of each theory; (b) important
concepts in each theory; and (c) an example of how each theory explains
three ways that deviance can be considered functional.
(8) According to
Robert Merton’s theory, what differentiates innovators, ritualists,
retreatists and rebels? Explain.
(9) Explain the
conflict position on deviance. According
to the conflict theory, who is most likely to be considered deviant and
(10) What is the
purpose of the law in society? How
is the law functional? How is the
law an instrument of oppression?
(11) Does Rosenhan (“On Being Sane in Insane Places”) present a functionalist, conflict, or interactionist perspective on deviance? Explain.