October 1966

Outsiders Studies in the Sociology of Deviance.

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By Howard S. Becker. Price, $2.45. Pp 179. The Macmillan Co., Publishers, 60 Fifth Ave, New York 10011, 1966.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(4):442-443. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730160106020

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This 1966 paperback edition of a publication which first appeared in 1963 has by now been widely reviewed as a worthy contribution to the sociological study of deviant behavior. Its current appearance as a paperback is a testimonial both to the quality of the work and to the prominence of deviant behavior in this generation.

In general the author places deviance in perspective, identifies types of deviant behavior, considers the role of rule makers and enforcers, and some of the problems in studying deviance. In addition, he develops a sequential model of deviance relying on the concept of career, a concept originally developed in studies of occupations. In his study of a particular kind of deviance, the use of marihuana, the author posits and tests systematically an hypothesis about the genesis of marihuana use for pleasure. The hypothesis traces the sequence of changes in individual attitude

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