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Just about everyone has done something that someone else disapproves of. In fact, almost all of us have done something we ourselves have reservations or second thoughts about. Perhaps we've stolen something, or told a lie, or gossiped about another person in an especially nasty way. Maybe on occasion we've gotten drunk, of high, or driven too fast, or recklessly. Have we ever worn clothes that someone else thought was out of style, offensive, or ugly? Have we belched at the dinner table, or did we ever pick our nose in public? Maybe we failed to show up for an important class or read a crucial assignment, or permitted our eyes to wonder onto a neighbor's answers during an exam. Do we like a television program that... View More »

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Hence, creating new laws and stricter enforcement only helps to inform the public of how serious a problem drug use is and in turn, is labeled as deviant behavior.
Now knowing why society believes illicit drug use is considered a deviant act, what type of theories can be best used to evaluate them? First, one has to know a brief explanation of each theory and the reasoning behind each theory. These theories care designed to address a problem area and gain insight into why these problems exist.
There are many different types of theories, but this paper will focus on three. The first being the labeling theory. The second being the conflict theory and the last being the learning theory. All these theories will be explained along with what part of each theory will be evaluated. The labeling theory starts off with the basic assumption that deviance is relative too social or group norms and not inherently characteristic of certain human acts or people. Becker states, "Social groups create deviance by making the rules whose infraction constitutes deviance. Deviance is not a quality of the act the person commits, but rather a consequence of the application by others of rules and sanctions to an offender. The deviant is one to whom that label has successfully been applied; deviant behavior is behavior that people so label." (Becker, 1963). This means as long as the deviance is unknown to others, the individual would not be considered deviant or abnormal. It focuses on the consequences of deviants' interactions with conventional society, especially with the element of ...

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