SOCIOL 2C06 Lecture Notes - Lecture 14: Howard S. Becker, Long Path, Ideal Type

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Central topic in sociology of deviance: most research focused on: (i) ind"s entry into a deviant career. Being labelled deviant: associating with deviants (ii) processes of becoming deviant involved identity. Charting how inds begin a deviant career. Focused on inds motivation to engage in deviant activity. Why do it in face of punishment, penalty & stigma. Emergence of a deviant id: deviant careers, other studies focused on: Early stages of specific deviant careers. Leaving or exiting a deviant career: only few researchers have addressed this exp. Almost no research on mid-career exp. 2 major concerns w/in literature on deviant career: Developing a theory of how deviant careers are organized. Characterizing nature" of deviant career exp: organization of deviant careers. Structurally similar to legit/respectable occupational careers. Model of legit career can be modified and applied to study deviant careers. Sequence of movements inds make from one position to another in an occupational system.

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