Normative behavior involves the actions which are intended to make something acceptable. Deviance involves the absence in the conformation of the normative behavior. Norms are different from one culture to another. For instance, one deviant act in one community may be a normal act in another community (Einstadter & Henry, 2006).
Normative behavior is a form of social influence that leads to conformity. It is some form of influence by other people that makes one to conform so as to be acceptable and liked by the people. Normative behavior is responsible in influencing the stems of power from the identity of humans as a socialization creature having the need to association and companionship. It enables people to have the public compliance which may not be necessarily acceptable.
Observing deviance as a social norm violation, different sociologists have defined deviance as a type of feeling, thought, or the actions that a sociological group member judge as a violation of the rules. It could be a conduct of the group that has been violated. The violation of some form of norms where the behavior appears in a disapproved direction, and of a certain magnitude that exceeds the limit that is tolerable and the shift of some category of behavior from the norm of a certain society at a specific time is defined as deviant (Carney, 2008). Deviant is relative to place and time since whatever is considered being deviant in a single social context could be non deviant in a different one. In order to understand deviant behavior, an experiment was set to investigate deviant a deviant act. The experiment involves wearing the traditional clothes. In this study we hypothesized that wearing traditional clothes was a deviant act.
One theory that explains deviant behavior is referred to as the differential association (Carney 5). This theory was advanced by Edwin Sutherland. The theory argued that deviant behavior and criminal behaviors are learnt by