Definitions of Devianc1

Definitions of Devianc1 - Harm--relevant, but not...

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Definitions of Deviance Problematic, yet "taken-for-granted" definitions: Absolutist: pure essentialism. Certain behaviors, identities, and modes of thought are "naturally" deviant; everywhere, and across time. Deviance is conceptualized as an objectively real characteristic found in "things," and can be located and studied through a positivist approach. Statistical--relevant, but not sufficient. The idea here is that those behaviors, identities, and modes of thought which rarely occur are deviant (based on the statistical conception of the "normal curve").
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Unformatted text preview: Harm--relevant, but not sufficient. Are all harmful behaviors and thoughts deviant? Are there forms of deviance that aren't harmful? Criminal--relevant, but not sufficient. Are there criminal acts that wouldn't be defined as deviant? Are there forms of deviance that are criminal? Positive Deviance? This is an extrapolation of the statistical definition, and shares elements of the "harm" criteria. If we use the idea that deviance entails a negative reaction, and consequences for the deviant, then is positive deviance a useful concept?...
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