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... April 17, Professional Deviance: Stephen Glass and Doris Kearns Goodwin Popular misunderstanding of social deviance is that it is best applied to the lives and self-presentation of hippies, gangsters, criminals, terrorists, psychos and total weirdos. There are at least two things wrong with that understanding. The first is that deviance is not a synonym for crazy, strange, bad or evil, but is a term that refers to the violation of social norms, or social expectations, so it can apply to anyone in society, at any level. Secondly, deviance is completely relative. A hippie is not deviant in a hippie community, nor is a terrorist deviant in a terrorist cell. A criminal is not deviant among other...