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7 The Amplification of Deviance

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  • 1. Look at the diagram, sort the statement cards in to the correct order then fill in the sheet. A deviant act is committed The deviancy amplification spiral is complete The Amplification of Deviance
  • 2. A deviant act is committed The deviancy amplification spiral is complete Public interest begins to die, as other news items compete for peoples attention. The deviant behaviour is no longer ‘big news’ Reports of the deviant behaviour, often sensationalised, begin to appear in the mass media The Amplification of Deviance The ‘deviant group’ finds it more difficult to engage in the behaviour without being arrested. People who ‘look like’ the deviants are increasingly under suspicion Partly due to the activity, more arrests are made which are reported in the press Responding to the calls for action, greater police attention is focused on the act with officers being taken off other types of investigation The behaviour catches the public attention, which makes it even more newsworthy – crime wave claim This leads to reports in the mass media and demands for ‘action’ to be taken