On the social psychology of taboo deviancy : some observations on theories

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Martha L. Ford (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: The term taboo deviancy inherently implies several important aspects of its analysis. First, the word deviancy necessarily connotes some standard of behavior from which it is deviant. The prefix taboo, by its dictionary definition, denotes behavior which is forbidden by social convention. When we put the two words together it is clear that we are talking about behavior which is not only "abnormal,” in the statistical sense, but which is also negatively sanctioned by the society, and here we mean the American society. Assuming that one purpose of social science is to provide us with information about the society in which we live, what can an analysis of taboo deviancy add to this knowledge? The fact that behavior which is taboo is so negatively sanctioned indicates that society believes that it should not exist at all.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 1963

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