Deviance and Liberty: Social Problems and Public Policy
Routledge, 6. 2. 2018 - 446 strán (strany)
Deviance is by definition a social problem. Since deviant behavior violates the normative expectations of a given group, deviance must be regarded as a problem for that group, since all groups of people want their norms to be enforced. Many modern societies place considerable value on personal liberty, so much so that interference with personal choices to deviate from group norms can be justified only in terms of the potential damage that particular kinds of behavior might do to the legitimate interests of others. Sociological research suggests that the social problem associated with deviance is often the behavior of individuals who violate norms cannot be justified in terms of basic values of liberty, social order, or justice. In other kinds of deviance, though, the social problem is that people or, in a more organized way, social institutions, interfere with individual liberty and self-realization.
Each selection in this volume has been chosen to cover a full range of substantive problematic issues, a range of social science perspectives that can be brought to bear on issues of all kinds, and a range of social science methodologies used in studying modern society. 'Deviance and Liberty' is divided up into thirty-nine contributions and five main parts ranging from "Modern Perspectives on Deviance and Social Problems"; "Deviant Exchanges: Gambling, Drugs, and Sex"; "Deviant Personal Control: Illness, Violence, and Crime; Deviance, Identity, and the Life Cycle"; and "Moral Enterprise and Moral Enforcement." It is a welcome addition to the libraries of those interested in the study of deviance or society as a whole.
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situations in which individuals learned the values of their society, but because
they did not have access to approved ways of making those values effective for
themselves, sought other ways of gaining culturally approved ends. Those “
up when persons engaged in a given kind of deviant behavior spend
considerable time with each other is as much a product of their cooperative
endeavor to defend themselves against the responses of society as it is intrinsic
to their initial ...
I ln this selection Erikson challenges a traditional sociological approach that
considers deviant behavior as a straightforward interaction between individuals (
who for social or personal reasons engage in deviant behavior) and society (
Thus deviance cannot be dismissed simply as behavior which disrupts stability in
society but may itself be, in controlled quantities, an important condition for
preserving stability. This raises a delicate theoretical issue. If we grant that
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