Material Type:
Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division
Ohio Open Ed Collaborative
  • Corporate Crimes
  • Crime and the Law
  • Nonviolent Crimes
  • Oss0212
  • Primary Deviance
  • Secondary Deviance
  • Sociology
  • Street Crimes
  • Types of Deviance
  • Victimless Crimes
  • Violent Crimes
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    Education Standards

    Compare and contrast the different types of deviance


    OER Text material

    Crime and the Law

    Chapter 7, subsection 7.3. At this subsection various types of crimes – violent crimes, non-violent crimes, street crimes, corporate crimes, and victimless crimes – are compared and contrasted. In addition, primary and secondary deviance are compared and contrasted.

    Supplementary Material (Videos and Reading)

    Sociology Lesson 11- Deviance (Video)

    In this video, primary deviance, pure deviance, secondary deviance, and secret deviance are compared and contrasted. Greater emphasis is placed on the differences between primary deviance and secondary deviance.

    Merton's Typology (Video)

    In this video, Dr. Marshall uses Robert K. Merton's functional explanation for why some groups turn to deviant/criminal behavior while others do not. Merton uses a typology which explains our behaviors through our desire to incorporate legitimate (or illegitimate), socially approved means and goals. Apart from the conformist (not deviant) who uses approved means to achieve societal goals, there are deviants like innovators, ritualists, retreatists, and rebels.

    What Are the Different Types of Crimes?

    In this article, Shoener writes that there are many different types of crimes but, generally, crimes can be divided into four major categories, personal crimes, property crimes, inchoate crimes, and statutory crimes. She goes on to explain each of them

    8.2 Types of Crime

    It is noted in this article that many types of crime exist. According to the author, criminologists commonly group crimes into several major categories including: (1) violent crime; (2) property crime; (3) white-collar crime; (4) organized crime; and (5) consensual or victimless crime. Within each category, many more specific crimes exist. The different types of crimes are explained in the article.