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In studying crime and deviance, sociology examines individual and group behaviors by adults and juveniles that violate social norms. These norms range from formally established rules or laws to widely held expectations or standards of conduct. These rules and expectations vary across groups, cultures, and societies.
Sociology studies how laws and social expectations develop and change, how inappropriate and illegal behavior is controlled by formal and informal organizations, and how their violation is handled by government agencies such as welfare, child protection, police, courts, and corrections as well as by social institutions including family, religion, schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods
About ASA Topics
Through Sociology, we study our behavior as social beings, covering everything from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes. ASA Topics web pages provide various lenses through which to explore those studies, their findings and the questions that they trigger.