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The Deviant Mystique: Involvements, Realities, and Regulation

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The Deviant Mystique: Involvements, Realities, and Regulation

The Deviant Mystique: Involvements, Realities, and Regulation by Robert Prus, Scott Grills
Publisher: Praeger Publishers | Number Of Pages: 328 | Publication Date: 2003-02-28 | ISBN-10: 0275978222 | PDF | 1 Mb

Adopting a symbolic interactionist perspective and building extensively on the ethnographic research tradition, this book analyzes the mystique that often accompanies deviance by examining deviance as an ongoing feature of community life. Because deviance is approached in nonprescriptive ways, as a product of community interchange, the emphasis here is on the ways in which deviance is defined, engaged, and regulated. It is examined as the product of human association, as something that is generated by people as they interact with one another, assume viewpoints and initiatives, and try to influence and resist one another within the context of community life. Prus and Grills do not attempt to address various deviant behaviors; instead, they provide readers with a glimpse into how deviance is formulated, practiced, viewed, and treated.