Deviant Behavior

Patterns, Sources, and Control

  • Stuart Palmer
  • John A. Humphrey

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Stuart Palmer, John A. Humphrey
    Pages 1-26
  3. Stuart Palmer, John A. Humphrey
    Pages 27-59
  4. Stuart Palmer, John A. Humphrey
    Pages 61-89
  5. Stuart Palmer, John A. Humphrey
    Pages 91-115
  6. Stuart Palmer, John A. Humphrey
    Pages 117-147
  7. Stuart Palmer, John A. Humphrey
    Pages 149-169
  8. Stuart Palmer, John A. Humphrey
    Pages 171-191
  9. Stuart Palmer, John A. Humphrey
    Pages 193-216
  10. Stuart Palmer, John A. Humphrey
    Pages 217-245
  11. Stuart Palmer, John A. Humphrey
    Pages 247-281
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 283-294

About this book

Introduction

This book is for the student in the introductory course on deviant be­ havior and in related courses. A wide range of ideas and facts is set forth in a way that should be comprehensible to the student without prior knowledge of this area of study. In Chapter 1, "The Nature of Deviance," various ways of defining deviance are explored and one is settled upon: Deviance is behavior that is unusual, not typical, in a society or group. Chapter 2 is devoted to a preliminary consideration of several main currents of social thought that seek to explain why deviance comes about and is perpetrated. These explanations fall into four broad theo­ retical categories. First, there are those theories that view the major sources of deviance as having to do with the extent to which individ­ uals are bound into or dissociated from the group; these are termed social integration theories. Second, there are the cultural support the­ ories, which specify that there are subcultures of deviance, that is, bod­ ies of customs and values that advocate a given form of deviance and are socially transmitted from one person to another through the learn­ ing process. Third, there are social disorganization and conflict theo­ ries, which focus on the ways in which a lack of group organization and the presence of broad social and cultural conflicts bring about de­ viance.

Keywords

Integration Nation deviant behavior knowledge nature

Authors and affiliations

  • Stuart Palmer
    • 1
  • John A. Humphrey
    • 2
  1. 1.University of New HampshireDurhamUSA
  2. 2.University of North CarolinaGreensboroUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-0583-3
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-43285-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-0583-3
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