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NCJ Number: 90445 Find in a Library
Title: Structuring of Deviant Behavior - Deviance Theory Reconsidered
Author(s): F T Cullen
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 424
Sponsoring Agency: UMI Dissertation Services
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
Sale Source: UMI Dissertation Services
300 North Zeeb Road
P.O. Box 1346
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
United States of America
Type: Thesis/Dissertation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Through a review of prevailing stress theories of deviant behavior, this dissertation attempts to illustrate that stress theories are typically based on the assumption that the relationship between stress and deviance is determinate and not indeterminate, are largely devoid of structuring variables, and thus do not adequately explain the origin of particular forms of deviant behavior.
Abstract: It further suggests that such nonstress perspectives as the Chicago School, labeling theory, and control theory are flawed in a similar manner. At the same time, an effort is made to document those instances in which theorists have avoided the assumption of determinacy and illustrated the way in which deviant behavior is socially structured. Finally, in order to illuminate how an actor's location in society structures the forms of deviance that can be pursued, an analysis of the structuring of female deviance is presented. About 420 references are supplied. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Deviance
Note: Columbia University - doctorial dissertation
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