Compare and contrast functionalist, symbolic inter

Monday, April 24, 2006

Compare and contrast functionalist, symbolic interactionist, and conflict theories of deviance?

Interactionists see deviance as a socially constructed phenomenon, not an inborn problem. The question how behaviors become deemed deviant and why certain groups are seen as deviant and others are not. People following the control theory believe that deviance is deliberately chosen. They do not believe that these choices are a result of biology, personality, anomie, social disorganization, or labels. Functionalists believe that deviance is explained in the way the deviant actions are performed.

Compare and contrast functionalist, symbolic interactionist, and conflict theories of deviance?

Interactionists see deviance as a socially constructed phenomenon, not an inborn problem. The question how behaviors become deemed deviant and why certain groups are seen as deviant and others are not. People following the control theory believe that deviance is deliberately chosen. They do not believe that these choices are a result of biology, personality, anomie, social disorganization, or labels. Functionalists believe that deviance is explained in the way the deviant actions are performed.