Deviance, Crime and Social Control

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The term 'deviance' entered the sociological vocabulary in about 1950, and became an umbrella concept encompassing diverse activities and behaviours, including mental illness, crime, juvenile deliquency, drug use, and non-marital sexual relations (Best 2004). This diverse coverage has been a strength as well as a weakness for the sociology of deviance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublic Sociology
Subtitle of host publicationAn introduction to Australian society
EditorsJohn Germov, Marilyn Poole
Place of PublicationCrows Nest, NSW
PublisherAllen and Unwin
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781003116974
ISBN (Print)9781760632540
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Crime
  • sociology of deviance
  • social norms
  • social control


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