Sociology 6

Form small groups of 3–4 people. Your instructor will assign to your group
one of the following forms of deviance. Within your group, you must reach a consensus in order to construct an argument for why the deviant act you have been assigned should not be considered deviant. Prepare to argue your group’s perspective before the class:

  • prostitution;
  • downloading movies from a free site instead of paying for it;
  • cheating and plagiarism;
  • hard drug use (cocaine, crack, heroin, methamphetamine);
  • marijuana use;
  • drinking alcohol under age 21;
  • taking items from your workplace for use at home.

Which of the types of deviance listed were easiest to argue should not be considered deviant? Which were the most challenging?