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NCJ Number: 97591 Find in a Library
Title: Rethinking Crime and Deviance Theory - The Emergence of a Structuring Tradition
Author(s): F T Cullen
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 192
Sponsoring Agency: Rowman and Allanheld Publishers
Totowa, NJ 07512
Sale Source: Rowman and Allanheld Publishers
Division of Littlefield, Adams and Co
81 Adams Drive
Totowa, NJ 07512
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book's reinterpretation of the crime and deviance literature focuses on the ways in which different circumstances structure specific forms of deviant responses.
Abstract: A review of the sociological literature includes the work of Cloward, Durkheim, Merton, and Parsons. It also covers the theories of the Chicago School of criminology, including Thrasher, Shaw and McKay, and Sutherland. The more recent revisionist approaches of labeling theory, control theory, and conflict theory are analyzed. The review shows that numerous theorists have illuminated the ways in which the deviant choices people make are structured or patterned by social circumstances. In fact, this structuring perspective is seen as a long-standing theoretical paradigm in the field. It is suggested, however, that most scholars have focused largely on the issue of why someone becomes deviant, neglecting to examine reasons for the various forms deviance takes. Further work in structuring analyses should produce a more complete theoretical understanding of the origins of criminal and deviant activity. Endnotes, an index, and a list of 379 references are provided.
Index Term(s): Deviance; Labeling theory; Literature reviews; Sociological analyses; Strain theory
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