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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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