deviant career

deviant career

the process in which an individual comes to accept a deviant ‘self-identity’, and, often, to identify with a deviant SUBCULTURE. The concept is associated with LABELLING THEORY, indicating the fact that people are not born deviant, but only come to consider themselves as such through a process involving SOCIETAL REACTION. See also SECONDARY DEVIANCE, GOFFMANN.
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The professional ex-: An alternative for exiting the deviant career.
Weighted towards the social constructionist approach, the 47 chapters in this reader present a variety of studies and perspectives on why individuals engage in norm-violating behavior, deviant identity, the social organization of deviance, and the phases of the deviant career.
Weighted towards the social constructionist approach, the 42 chapters in this reader present a variety of studies and perspectives on why individuals engage in norm-violating behavior, the social organization of deviance, and the phases of the deviant career.
The authors cover the diversity of deviance, researching deviance, anomie/strain theory, social disorganization theory, differential association and social learning theory, social control theories, labeling theory, Marxist/conflict theories, critical theories, the social control of deviance, deviant careers and career deviance, and global perspectives on deviance and social control.
Part five is about identity, part six is about social organization, part seven looks at deviant acts, and part eight at deviant careers.
Adler and Adler's description of the deviant careers of drug dealers and smugglers in Southern California is a classic from the deviance field.
Although scholars have examined the issue of leaving deviant careers, the issue of reintegration of deviants into conventional society has received little sociological attention.