Respond to the discussion prompt below.

  • First post due 11:59 p.m., Thursday, CT.
  • Respond to two or more classmates by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, CT.

See Assignments And Grading for details about discussions and the discussions rubric.

Points: (20 points)

Discussion Prompt

Discuss the different functions of deviance in society in mundane situations, such as the weekend or a football game, or vacation.

  1. Pick a deviant act and proceed through Merton’s defining of a deviant act.
  2. Think of your group of friends, is there a person that bothers everyone, and yet remains a part of the group? Why?
  3. Would you agree with Erikson’s claim that “society channels certain of its members into relatively fixed careers in deviance”?
  4. Pick a deviant act and discuss the latent functions of the act.
  5. Of the three critiques of the functionalist perspective, which one do you find the most problematic? Why?

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