Characteristics of Deviation
DEVIATION IS DEFINITION No act is deviant of itself; it becomes deviant when it is defined as deviant. As Becker notes [1963, p. 9], "Deviance is not a quality of the act the person commits, but rather a consequence of the application by others of rules and sanctions to an offender. The deviant is one to whom that label has successfully been applied deviant behavior is behavior of persons so labeled." Deviation is, then, any behavior defined as a violation of the norms of If group or society.