Human Studies

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 317–334 | Cite as

The Study of Deviant Subcultures as a Longstanding and Evolving Site of Intersecting Membership Categorizations

Theoretical / Philosophical Paper

Abstract

Intersectional scholarship has become increasingly important, largely because it is more nuanced than scholarship emphasizing only class, race, or gender. Much intersectional scholarship is limiting, however, in curtailing our conceptualizations of how many intersecting identities might be relevant for explaining crime. The older literature on deviant subcultures, including gang studies, actually addressed issues of intersectionality, and in a less restrictive manner, also acknowledging the importance of youth and neighborhood ecology. Drawing on early and more recent subcultural scholarship, the theoretical importance of Weberian and ethnomethodological themes is illustrated, suggesting the value of closely empirical research sensitive to theoretical issues including how social categories are used in explaining crime and how patterns of offending are carried by individuals subject to categorization.

Keywords

Deviant subcultures Gangs Intersectional criminology Membership categorization analysis Micro–Macro theorizing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyKent State UniversityKentUSA

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