Cognitive Deviance

Cognitive Deviance - Although many deviant beliefs are...

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Cognitive Deviance (these ideas drawn from Goode, 2001-2008 chapter 11. See the disclaimer ) Cognition What one believes to be true. One's beliefs, disbelief, guesses, suspicions, and judgments. Cognitive Deviance Holding a belief or "knowing" that a given claim is valid, despite the fact the belief is unconventional and non-normative. The possessor of deviant beliefs is sanctioned. Two Ways a Belief Becomes Deviant: Normatively - it violates a dominant belief system Reactively - an audience- adherents are likely to be condemned or punished by mainstream society. Social rules "not only apply to how one behaves, but in how and what one thinks!" Deviant Beliefs v . Deviant Behavior: "Pure" cognitive deviance involves beliefs that are unlikely to translate into deviant behavior.
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Unformatted text preview: Although many deviant beliefs are often viewed as strange--even comical, and they may not be associated with threats to significant groups; those who hold deviant beliefs can be stigmatized, isolated, and even destroyed. The "essence" of the threat is symbolic-- the belief threatens a world view , or way of thinking about reality A belief is deviant only because it is considered wrong and its believers are treated as socially unacceptable. Mental disorder and cognitive deviance are empirically related (Mental disorder usually involves thinking that is defined as problematic), but not the same--a variety of other issues surround designations of mental disorder....
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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