To discuss whether certain behaviors are deviant—that is, straying from an acceptable norm—may imply that there is a clear arbiter of “normal.” But is human society that rigid? Or is society’s perception of “normal” fluid and more like a continuum? If deviant is a malleable term, then so too may be normal—so what would it mean to try to actually eliminate deviance?
In this Discussion, you consider the plausibility and implications of eliminating deviance, and perhaps thereby eliminating crime.
- Is elimination of deviance a necessary, plausible, or ethical pursuit?
- Is the prevention of crime possible?
Respond to two colleagues:
- Choose a response that is different from your own.
- Explain how your colleague’s position has changed your perception or understanding.