Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Sociology and Anthropology
Dr. John Nye
Any member of any social group learns the proper ways of behaving in his group. He is informed of what might be the consequences and penalties if he violates group rules. The guidelines and rules of a group, for its members, are referred to as the concept of "group norm." Norms are found in all social groups. Sociology, as a discipline, deals with both the notion of adherence to group norms and the notion of departure from group norms. Some departures from norms are termed "delinquency." Sociologists and others have defined and explained delinquency to be any behavior of young people or children which a given community, at a given time, considers to be in conflict with its best interests.
Mbosowo, Donald E., "Juvenile Delinquency as a Form of Deviant Behavior: The Study of Social Class Attitudes Toward Delinquents" (1977). Student Work. 2190.
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