What are some examples of deviant acts?


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Deviant acts refer to a type of behavior that does not adhere to widely accepted cultural and social norms. Examples include major violations of law such as murder, theft and rape, and minor acts such as traffic violations.

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Each society has its own definitions of what is considered deviant, which makes deviance a relative issue. Some of the standards used for determining what is deviant include location, age, individual societies and social status. All societies have methods of social control that allow them to punish individuals when they do not conform to norms. Deviant behavior can be viewed from sociological, biological and psychological perspectives.

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