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NCJ Number: 113417 Find in a Library
Title: Performance, Control, and Public Image of Behavior in a Deviant Subculture: The Case of Rugby
Journal: Deviant Behavior  Volume:9  Issue:3  Dated:(1988)  Pages:275-293
Author(s): K Young
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 19
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Since its genesis in the unique all-male environment of the nineteenth century British public schools, a cluster of characteristics has developed around the rugby union game.
Abstract: With these in mind, several studies have recently described the rugby fraternity as a deviant subculture. Extensive participant observation was conducted in a cross-cultural study of the rugby teams in the United Kingdom and North America. One emergent similarity was the highly circumscribed nature of the members' behavior. What at first appeared to be spontaneous deviance on closer inspection revealed itself to be highly ritualized and internally policed. The formal and informal control mechanisms of the rugby subculture will be discussed, focusing on modes of behavior that lend themselves to group acceptance or ostracism. (Publisher abstract)
Main Term(s): Social control
Index Term(s): Canada; Cross-cultural comparisons; Deviance; Group behavior; United Kingdom (UK); United States of America
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