Crime And Its Effect On Society

881 WordsJun 8, 20154 Pages
Every society has codes, standards, behaviors and activities that are deemed appropriate and suitable to the greater good of the members of society. This implies that any activity or behavior that is contrary to the social code of any community is considered a crime. Anything deemed as an anti-social act falls in this category (Ainsworth, 2000). Different societies have various scales to measure what is perceived as crime and what is not. There are various ways in which a society decides what to define and categorize as a crime. Every society has a conduct norms that its members are expected to adhere to and adopt in their daily living. Violation of the set norms can be through an action or failure of an individual to act in a manner short of expectations (Barkan& Bryjak, 2008). When an individual’s act or failure to act is perceived as detrimental to society’s well being, then in the face of that society it is a crime. Actions and behaviors are usually judged or sieved using the prevailing standards. Society employs tested procedures in deciding what to categorize as a crime or not. There are three deviation types’ from caste norms. This includes tolerated deviation, mildly disapproved deviation and strongly disapproved. There are societies that only consider the third deviation type as crime. When deviation is for considered for society’s good, then it is not categorized as crime. However, if the deviation is harmful to society, it is strongly disapproved. Apart
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