Sociological Theories of Deviance


There are several theories on deviance. Throughout this discussion, you will explore two of these theories to consider the positive and negative aspects of deviance on society. Begin to consider how deviance might play a role in your ideal society.

You should spend approximately 4 hours on this assignment.


  1. Identify and explain at least two perspectives from the course readings or additional research on deviance. In your explanation, consider how the perspectives address the following:
    • Who gets to define deviance?
    • What gives certain people the authority and/or power to define deviance?
    • How do definitions/perspectives of deviance differ from culture to culture, group to group, or time period to time period?
  2. The post should be a minimum of 150 words. Your original discussion post must include two sources cited in APA Style.