- Are you confused by academic jargon? - Do you know your `discourse' from your `dialectic'? - Can you tell the difference between `anomie' and `alienation'? The Social Science Jargon Buster tackles the most confusing concepts in the social sciences, brea

Deviant Behaviour

Core definition

Behaviours that do not conform to societal expectations.

Longer explanation

Deviant behaviours are behaviours that ‘deviate’ from something. The question is what that something is and who gets to define it. Now deviant behaviours are often thought of as inherent to an individual, but they're actually socially (and often legally) defined. Take adultery ...

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