Deviance in Society

Deviance is the act of deviating from the expected societal norms. According to anomie theory, lack of ethical standards in society has led to deviance from normal practices (Messner, & Rosenfeld, 2017). Being a capitalist country, the United States is among countries whose social culture and organization have been affected by economic goals and system. The capitalist economy has contributed highly to the deviation from normal societal expectations.

First of all, the capitalist economy in the United States has undermined unity among people who work in different organizations. Capitalism encourages competition and the desire to acquire more capital and property (Berg, 2016). As usual, every person in a capitalist society works towards owning more private properties. Therefore, there is no room to assist others in rising from poverty. According to societal norms and ethics, people should promote unity and collaboration which leads to common development. However, the case in the United States is different whereby people continue to promote inequality. Those who are rich continue to invest and save more income while those who are in the lower social class tend to remain there because they lack support from the government or any other party. In short, economic goals and system in the United States have contributed to deviance from normal societal standards. The capitalist economy has as well affected the way people interact and socialize. For example, those in the higher social class tend to isolate themselves from the middle and lower social class individuals.

In conclusion, the capitalist economy in the United States has been the key contribution to deviance in society. Unlike countries that practice the socialist economy, the US believes in private ownership of resources. As a result, inequality has remained among people in the country.




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Messner, S. F., & Rosenfeld, R. (2017). The Intellectual Origins of Institutional-Anomie Theory. The Origins of American Criminology (pp. 127-142). Routledge.