deviant behavior


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de·vi·ant be·ha·vior

(dē'vē-ănt bē-hāv'yŏr)
Activity that is proscribed by custom, social mores, or laws intended to curb or discourage such activity.
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deviant behavior

Any behavior considered to be grossly abnormal.
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The societies in transition, like ours, perhaps will have tremendous empirical evidence to show the projected relationship between the power and deviant behavior of White-Collar criminals.
Of the 60,907 records, only 32,908 of them are relevant to deviant behavior. Hence, only these 32,908 counseling records would be analyzed.
As such, the impact of the "shaping" of deviant behavior in friendship dyads, as reflected in contingencies for deviant talk, on growth in delinquency is potentially confounded by "selection" effects implicit in the friendship status of the dyads.
Data reveal that as good deviants we are engaging in the deviant behavior of voting.
Previously the idea was widespread that homosexuals voluntarily choose to engage in deviant behavior. This made it easy to hold them personally responsible for their conduct and to stigmatize them as willful perverts.
Although empirical studies of the association between physical activity and delinquent behavior have produced equivocal results, a widely held belief regarding the salacious effects of sport participation is that it is a deterrent to deviant behavior. Several sport slogans (Snyder, 1972) capture the antidote nature of this notion: "Play sports and stay out of the courts", "Live by the code or get out", and "He who stays up with the owls at night can't soar with the eagles during the day".
Social control theory focuses on the sociological forces that can prevent people from participating in deviant behavior. Deviance can be defined as beliefs, values, and/or behaviors which are inconsistent with acceptable social norms and presents harmful consequences for the individual and/or the public (Hirschi, 1969, 1977).
But pinching the plates together so that only a few molecular layers can squeeze between them elicits deviant behavior. "We get liquids that behave like solids," Israelachvili says.
My analysis reviews the growing literature on the atmosphere associated with employees' production deviance, the motivational foundation of deviant behavior as controlled and unrestricted undertakings, and main dispositional precursors of workplace deviance.
This textbook takes a sociological approach to deviance and social control, explaining the development of major sociological theoretical perspectives used to study the causes of deviant behavior and rule-making and societal reactions to deviance, and organized around these theories, rather than types of deviance, while including studies and primary readings.