Urban Sociology

TOPIC QUESTIONS (answer all parts):

QUESTION 1: How would you explain deviancy as being a socially constructed and relative phenomenon? (What does it mean for something to be “socially constructed”? How do expectations of behavior vary from place to place?) What are some behaviors that are considered “normal” and “deviant” where you live, but may be viewed otherwise in some other places?

QUESTION 2: What specific theories presented throughout the module do you think best explain the reasons for crime (and some forms of deviance)? Is it ever OK for an individual or a group to be deviant and/or criminal? If so, why? Where is the line drawn for going too far?