The Relativity of Deviance
As Howard S. Becker (1966) notes, “It is not the act itself, but the reactions to the act, that make something deviant.” By way of example let’s consider the case of Michael Vick. In 2007, this famous football quarterback was found to have engaged financing an interstate dog fighting operation, directly participating in dog fights and executions of the dogs. While commentator Tucker Carlson (Fox News Channel) said that Michael Vick should be executed for his dog fighting crimes, we see that dog fighting was once legal and widely practiced in the US and continues to be seen as a sport in Latin America, Russia, South Africa and many other places. Thus, the perception that it is a deviant act is relative to the culture and time in which the act occurs.
In this essay you should define deviance from a sociological perspective. Briefly describe the Functionalist, Conflict, Symbolic interactionist perspectives as they apply to deviance/crime. Like the example of dog fighting, find at least one example of the relativity of deviance. Explain how the perception of deviance differs according to social class, race, gender, nationality, etc?

Be sure to cite the textbook even when you paraphrase. Cite Chambliss and Eglitis (2019) and include the following in a reference page: Chambliss, W. and Eglitis, D. (2019). Discover Sociology. Los Angeles: Sage. When I say “in your own words”, I mean that I want you to paraphrase Chambliss and Eglitis, not just simply quote the book. You still need to cite the book when you paraphrase. An example of an APA citation for a paraphrased statement is: According to Chambliss and Eglitis (2019), symbolic interactionists argue that people acquire their sense of self through their interactions with other people.

Another way of doing it is: Symbolic interactionists argue that people acquire their sense of self through their interactions with other people (Chambliss & Eglitis, 2019).

This essay should be at least 2 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman font 12.