The Wider Origins of the Deviant Reaction

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The Wider Origins of the Deviant Reaction: Just as people react to (deviant) behaviour, so too must this reaction have an effect upon the deviant. In this respect, behavioural choices (in short, how people choose to react to the reaction of others ton their behaviour) are seen to be conditioned by two ideas: a. The individual's structural location in society (whether they are rich / poor, powerful / powerless, their social class, gender and the like. b. The individual's personal attributes (whether or not they are accepted into deviant sub-cultures, for example). Just as behavioural choices are open to the deviant, so too are they available to those who react to deviation - and this reaction (and any "reaction to the reaction"), will be conditioned by such things as: A person's position in society. The relationship between the deviant and control agents (for example, your family and friends are likely to react differently to deviance than are strangers, the police and so forth).
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