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1. What I found most interesting about this chapter was?

What I found most interesting about this chapter was the positivist school. Positivist assume that people are naturally social begins and are not prone to act criminally. Unless biological psychological or social factors are involved. But to a positivist the world is orderly and follows natural laws. Since the natural law dictates that everything must have a cause.

2. Now that I've read this chapter, I want to know more about:

Now that I've read this chapter I want to learn more about the theory of anomie. I don't really agree with the theory. But then again I don't understand what Robert Merton's trying to say. I feel as tho that Edwin Sutherlands theory is right on the money.

3. What I learned about the death penalty was, and it made me think about:

Capital punishment also referred to as the death penalty is the judicially ordered execution of a prisoner. As a punishment for a serious crime often called a capital offense or a capital crime. Some jurisdictions that practice capital punishment restrict its use to a small number of criminal offences principally treason and murder. In recent years in the United States these have also included killings that occur during the course of some other violent felony such as robbery or rape. I started thinking that's a good punishment. If you kill someone you should die also there's no reason to take someone's life.

4. Discuss which theory on deviance made the most sense to you and why

The theory that made the most sense to me was the differential association theory. Edwin Sutherland believes that criminal and deviant behavior is learned. For example let's say a teen sneaks out the house at night to hang out with friends. If that teen has a younger sibling they might learn that it's okay to sneak out and ways to sneak out without getting caught. Criminals pass their attitudes values mechanisms and beliefs about crime to others. Edwin also developed a list of nine propositions that support his theory.

5. Discuss the role of deviance in your own life:

Deviance in a sociological context describes actions or behaviors that violate social norms including formally-enacted rules. As well as informal violations of social norms. It is the purview of sociologists psychologists psychiatrists and criminologists to study how these norms are created. Also how they change over time and how they are enforced.

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