What is deviance?

  • (noun): Deviate behavior.
    Synonyms: deviation
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Sick Role - Concept
... that being sick means that the sufferer enters a role of 'sanctioned deviance' ... Therefore this deviance needs to be policed, which is the role of the medical profession ... argued that the best way to understand illness sociologically is to view it as a form of deviance-which disturbs the social function of the society ...

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