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M6A1: Continuum of Deviant Social Structures.


Upon successful completion of this activity, students will be able to:

  • Analyze social phenomena utilizing theoretical frameworks
  • Identify ethical problems faced by individuals or communities and identify effective solutions
  • Explain the concept of social deviance and provide examples of deviant behavior in social context
  • Explain and critically evaluate contemporary literature in the field of criminal justice

For this project, use Best & Luckenbill’s continuum of deviant organizations to explain how a person or group could become increasingly invested in his/her deviance. For example, consider how a youth from a gang-impacted area could move his/her way through from less organized to more organized deviant social organizations, and imagine how this would ultimately impact his/her identity formation. Describe how these various levels of social structure could impact one’s commitment to a deviant identity. Choose a deviant behavior, either from real life or from media, and follow this continuum through with your example.

This project should be 750-1000 words in length and should draw on the readings from this module and the discussions in this module.

Project 4 is worth 10% of the overall course grade.

This assignment will be graded using the SLA Writing Rubric [227.3 KB PDF file]