Deviance

Behavior outside a norm. Displaying gifted behaviors is, by this definition, deviance. See normal, social control.

deviance

  1. an aberrant state or condition
  2. deviate behavior

Deviance

[sociology] In sociology, deviance describes actions or behaviors that violate social norms, including formally enacted rules (e.g., crime), as well as informal violations of social norms (e.g., rejecting folkways and mores). It is the purview of sociologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and criminologists to study how these norms are cre...
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deviance

being different in moral standards (from normal) 
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deviance

deviance is a form of behaviour which is considered to violate society's norms and therefore to be unacceptable. Many critics of the media would argue that the apparent consensus as regards those norms is in part manufactured by the media by the process of labelling certain groups' or individuals' behaviour as deviant and then duly reacting to it w...
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Deviance

Modes of action which do not conform to the norms or values held by most of the members of a group or society. What is regarded as ‘deviant` is as widely variable as the norms and values that distinguish different cultures and subcultures from one another. Many forms of behaviour which are highly esteemed in one context, or by one group, are ...
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Deviance

the recognised violation of cultural norms
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deviance

Synonym for deviation ... 1. The act of deviating; a wandering from the way; variation from the common way, from an established rule, etc.; departure, as from the right course or the path of duty. ... 2. The state or result of having deviated; a transgression; an act of sin; an error; an offense. ... 2. The voluntary and unnecessary departure of a ...
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deviance

(from the article `Becker, Howard S.`) ...shared understandings that people use to coordinate their activities` to dance musicians, marijuana users, and students. Becker`s most famous ... ...or conditions make it acceptable to break societal rules. The authors` second article, Juvenile Delinquency and Subterranean Values (1961), ar...
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deviance

Type: Term Pronunciation: dē′vē-ants Synonyms: deviation3
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deviance

Abnormal behaviour; that is, behaviour that deviates from the norms or the laws of a society or group, and so invokes social sanctions, controls, or stigma. Deviance is a relative concept: what is considered deviant in some societies may be normal in others; in a particular society the same act (killing someone, for example) may be eith...
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Deviance

[statistics] In statistics, deviance is a quality of fit statistic for a model that is often used for statistical hypothesis testing. It is a generalization of the idea of using the sum of squares of residuals in ordinary least squares to cases where model-fitting is achieved by maximum likelihood. Suppose in the framework of the GLM, we ha...
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