New Books on Deviant Behavior
What is deviant behavior? What research techniques do
social scientists use to overcome the unique problems of studying deviant behavior? Who
defines what is deviant behavior? Are the same behaviors or people considered deviant in
all historical errors and in all social contexts? Why do people engage in deviant
behavior? How does society respond to deviant behavior? What measures or actions does
society take to regulate, prevent, and punish deviant behavior?
A group sociologists
explain deviant behavior in terms of broad social conditions in which deviance is most
likely to grow, looking at the social structure and
characteristics of society and sociology of groups
within society (Robert King Merton, Cloward and
Ohlin). Soms sociologists explain deviant behavior using the nature and characteristics of
individuals.. Some sociologists stress the importance of labeling or stigma.
Deviance refers to violations of social norms. Deviance in this view is that which we react to, through
social control responses, as deviant behavior. Deviant behavior is difficult to study
because most people are reluctant to be honest about their deviant activities
because of the social sanctions associated with them. Interpersonal reactions to deviance
may have a significant effect of increasing the likelihood of subsequent deviant behavior.
Formal and informal controls
constrain most people to conform to social norms. Then, why do some people engage in such
deviant behavior even if social punishments are expected?
Deviance is an initial deviant act. Deviant behaviors that are short-term or
cease with adult status.
Deviance is deviance that results from being labeled as deviant. Deviant behaviors are
long-term and does not cease with adult status.
The functionalist perspective in
deviance and social control is best represented by David
Emile Durkheim and Talcott Parsons. According to
Durkheim, the positive consequences of deviance and social control include increased
According to Durkheim and the
Functionalists there are Positive Consequences of deviant behavior and social control.
How does homophobia
in womens sports maintain the line between gender-specific normal and
deviant behaviors? What does this have to do with patriarchy?
entrepreneurs are those who construct deviant behavior. They claim that a social
phenomenon is a problem serious enough to warrant immediate attention and decisive action.
is the only journal that specifically addresses social deviance.
Deviant Behavior - Abstracts
Adolescent Social Bond, Self-Control and Deviant
Behavior in China - Gabe T. Wang,
Hengrui Qiao, Shaowai Hong, and Jie Zhang - Yunnan Social Science Academy, Kunming, China
- Abstract: Based on Travis Warner Hirschi's
social control theory and the theory of self-control developed by Gottfredson and Hirschi,
this research developed a structural equation model and tested it on 527 adolescents in
Southern China. The findings of this research seem to support Travis Warner Hirschi's social control theory. Gottfredson and Hirschi's
newer theory of self-control fails to predict for the Chinese adolescents.
Discipline and Deviant Behavior in Our Youth -
The number of young people involved in deviant behavior has not only tripled and the age
has gotten lower. Trouble in the American family has also led to trouble with today's
youth. Juvenile crime is increasing in the nation.The objective was to determine how
adolescent social bond and self-control affect substance use and deviant behavior.
Routine Activities in Social Context: A Closer
Look at the role of Opportunities in Deviant Behavior - Jon Gunnar Bernburg,
University at Albany
ABSTRACT: I argue that routine activities cannot simply be understood as neutral
patternings of structural changes. As hypothesized, the effects of routine actitivites on
types of deviant behavior are considerably reduced when differential social relations are
A Deductive Theory of Deviance
Chris Bader, Department of Sociology, Univ. of Washington
Stark and Bainbridge begin with specifically stated assumptions based upon social exchange theory generate propositions that
explain how the exchange of rewards and differentials in power lead to patterns of
interaction. I derive propositions to explain the emergence of society, culture, norms,
and stratification. The resulting integrated theory utilizes concepts from conflict,
labeling, differential association, social control, routine activities, and anomie theory.
ASSOCIATIONS BETWEEN DRUG USE and DEVIANT
BEHAVIOUR in TEENAGERS
AUTHORS: Ron D Hays & Phyllis L Ellickson - Early antisocial behavior, impaired family
relationships, delinquent or drug-using peers are some common reasons for drug use and
Adolescent Deviant Behavior: Who Is Influencing
Leila Saliba - Elon University
Abstract - Adolescent deviant behavior and the environment that the child lives affects
the choices they make.
Social pressures affect adolescents the most.
An Economic Theory of Deviance -
Jeong-Yoo Kim, Gang Lee
Abstract: Model of deviance by incorporating the labeling effect into rational choice
theory. We provide an explanation of the process through which a deviant is being
Early Deviance and Related Risk Factors in the
Children of Narcotic Addicts
David N. Nurco, D.S.W., Robert Blatchley, Thomas E. Hanlon, Kevin E. OGrady
Abstract: This study examines the self-reported behaviors of 285 male and female
adolescent children. Findings of the study revealed that early deviance in the children of
addicts was related to later adolescent drug use.
Adolescent Children of Narcotic Addicts: Deviant
Behaviors and Their Correlates
David N. Nurco, D.S.W.
Deviant Behavior in the Organizational Context
PUB YEAR: 1998 - JOURNAL: Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 1998, 15, 3-34.
ABSTRACT: The theory is based on the notion that both motivation and opportunity must come
together to produce deviant behavior.
The Scientist - Is There Room in Science for
Self-Promotion? ... such as eponymizing oneself; the under-acknowledgment of
collaborators; ad hominem attacks; and publicity seeking ("Deviant Behavior and
Social Control in ... the-scientist.com.
The Nature and Extent of Deviance
How Do Deviant Groups Come into Being?
A Brief Definition of Deviance. What are deviant behavior and
social control? Erich Goode begins by debunking what he considers false
conceptions of deviance. Erich Goode's "Five Misleading Definitions of
Deviance" correspond to the misconceptions of many laypersons and several
scholars as well.
Deviant Identity as a Moderator of the Relation
between Negative Self-Feelings and Deviant Behavior
Howard B. Kaplan, Cheng-Hsien Lin, Texas A&M University
The Journal of Early Adolescence, Vol. 20, No. 2, 150-177 (2000)
As hypothesized, for youths without a deviant identity, negative self-feelings had both
direct and indirect positive effects on later deviant behavior.
Self-Perceptions of Friendship-Making Ability and Perceptions of Friends
Deviant Behavior: Childhood to Adolescence - Carolyn McNamara Barry,
University of Maryland
Allan Wigfield, University of Maryland - The Journal of Early Adolescence, Vol. 22,
No. 2, 143-172 (2002).
The Implications of Respondent Loss in Panel Studies of Deviant Behavior
Sheila Cordray, Department of Sociology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Kenneth Polk, Department of Sociology, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Vol. 20, No. 2, 214-242 (1983).
The Conception of Criminality Illustrated by a Stochastic Process Model for
Eggert Petersen, University of Copenhagen, Health Research Institute, Copenhagen
Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Vol. 9, No. 1, 31-45 (1972).
Adolescent Sexual Activity and Mildly Deviant
Sibling and Friendship Effects
JOSEPH LEE RODGERS, University of Oklahoma
DAVID C. ROWE, University of Arizona
Journal of Family Issues, Vol. 11, No. 3, 274-293 (1990).
Nonparametric Analysis of Adolescent Deviant Behavior
YUNLING DU, Columbia University, MICHAEL G. AKRITAS, STEVEN F. ARNOLD, D. WAYNE
OSGOOD, Pennsylvania State University
Sociological Methods & Research, Vol. 30, No. 3, 309-340 (2002).
The Morality of Employee Theft: Teaching about Ethics and Deviant Behavior in the
Roland E. Kidwell, Jr., Susan M. Kochanowski, Niagara University
Journal of Management Education, Vol. 29, No. 1, 135-152 (2005) - Because of cost to both
organizations and people, deviant behavior at work is an important topic for management
The Influence of Adolescent Substance Use and Socialization on Deviant Behavior in
Young Adulthood - SYBILLE M. GUY, P. M. BENTLER, University of California,
GENE M. SMITH, Harvard University School of Medicine and Massachusetts General
Criminal Justice and Behavior, Vol. 21, No. 2, 236-255 (1994).
Deviant Behavior and Victimization Among Homeless and Runaway Adolescents
LES B. WHITBECK, DAN R. HOYT, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
KEVIN A. YODER, Iowa State University
ANA MARI CAUCE, MATT PARADISE, University of Washington
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Vol. 16, No. 11, 1175-1204 (2001)
High-risk population of runaway and homeless adolescents is used to investigate the
effects of a history of caretaker abuse. The results are interpreted in terms of life
course developmental theory and lifestyle exposure theories.
Geneticization of Deviant Behavior and Consequences for Stigma: The Case of Mental
Phelan, Jo C. - Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Volume 46, Number 4, December 2005.
Abstract: According to "genetic essentialist" thinking, genes are the basis of
human identity and strongly deterministic of behavior.
Medicalization in Nepal: A Study of the Influence of Westernization on Defining
Deviant and Illness Behavior in a Developing Country
L. Allen Furr, Department of Sociology, 125 Lutz Hall, University of Louisville
International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Vol. 45, No. 1-2, 131-142 (2004).
Synergies in Deviance: Revisiting the Positive
Brad West, Flinders University, Australia, Electronic Journal of Sociology (2003) ISSN:
Abstract: The debate surrounding the concept of positive deviance. That the term positive
deviance is strategic for understanding the narrative and sacred dimensions of deviant