Assessing the extent of deviance in modern societies is methodologically and sociologically complica

Assessing the extent of deviance in modern
societies is methodologically and sociologically
complicated, controversial and at times highly politicized. Thus, it is
possible to find sociologists miles apart on the question of whether
deviant behaviors are on the rise or not. Not surprisingly, how one decides to
measure deviance or ignore it, will play a critical role in determining
one’s assessment of it.

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After you’ve read Moynihan’s
“Defining Deviance Down” and Karmen’s review of Moynihan’s analysis,
examine how the authors stand relative to one another, how they are
measuring the levels of deviance in American society, and how concerned
they are about it. Be sure to discuss what it might take to settle what appears
to be a dispute between the two sociologists. They are in disagreement
with one another, aren’t they?

And how would you position syndicated
columnist Charles Krauthammer in this dispute?