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What is a criminal act?

An act that is against the law e.g drinking underage and therefore breaks legal, formal rules. Criminal acts are a lot more straight and narrow than deviant acts.


What is a deviant act?

An act that is socially unacceptable e.g socialising with gangs. It breaks informal social and cultural norms. They are subjective and depend on our circumstance, time period and location.


Which groups believe that crime is a social construction?

Interactionalists, Marxists and Postmodernists.


Which group believes that crime is not a social construction?

Realists (left and right).