Are You a True Offender? Bus Ticket Inspection as Deviance Enactment

  • Jean-Baptiste SuquetEmail author


In this chapter, I consider the specificity of inspection work as a street-level activity dealing with deviant behaviors. I focus on the case of bus ticket inspection, that I depict as an interactional process of deviance enactment. To do so, I argue for a constructionnist approach to deviance (Becker’s labelling theory) articulated to a dramaturgical approach to the situation (Goffman’s interactional sociology). I account for ticket inspection work by describing usual inspection practices and zooming on a specific difficult interaction. Finally, I consider the avenues for research opened by this new perspective on inspection work as deviance enactment.


Fare evasion Bus transportation Deviance Enactment Interactionism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of People and OrganisationsNEOMA Business SchoolReimsFrance

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