Deviance Paper

1765 Words May 8th, 2013 8 Pages
Deviance and the Internet
Deviance is defined as the recognized violation of cultural norms. Violating these cultural norms can also be labeled a crime whether or not it is an actual written law in our society. Deviance isn’t something that is set in stone; rather it can vary based on location or on time (present and future) as a victim of cultural lag. When deviance and crime are thought of in the context of the internet, an impersonal location readily accessible to the masses, the numerous types of deviance actually occurring can become daunting to think about. Some of these are mere deviances against folkways which could be considered a slap on the wrist infraction, while others would be labeled as more formal crimes with moral
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Although there are probably more pressures to succeed now more than ever due to the recession and economic uncertainty surrounding this country, I believe certain variables are better represented in academic dishonesty as it pertains to term papers. Upper-class white males cheat more because of their socioeconomic status which gives them the greatest opportunity to cheat. Opportunity alone is no indication of a deviance; however this “gateway” likely plays on their lack of inner motivation towards higher education. This group comes from a privileged socioeconomic background which provides them with the “good life” early on, and when they have to accomplish real tasks in order to maintain such a status, such as writing term papers, it is easier for them to have it written than do it themselves. Their resources also allow for them to be able to afford using such services on a regular basis, which can become as costly as a bad drug habit. On the inverse, lower-class minority males end up getting caught more, due to being relatively new to such an arena of dishonesty and their membership to a subservient social class.
As per the social conflict theory, the elite are not subject to the same labels that the lower two classes are, allowing their violations of norms to often go unanswered by society in contrast to the violations committed by the lower classes. This would be a great tool for