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Positive Deviance in Theory and Practice: A Conceptual Review

Resource type
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Title
Positive Deviance in Theory and Practice: A Conceptual Review
Abstract
The term “positive deviance” has become increasingly popular in recent years, resulting in the co-existence of multiple definitions and applications scattered among diverse sources of academic literature. The aim of this paper is to bring conceptual clarity to the term by providing a comprehensive synthesis and review of the positive deviance literature. Analysis reveals conceptual and thematic differences in the language employed by authors applying positive deviance in a practical context compared with articles of a more theoretical nature. New directions are proposed for exploring the use and merit of the positive deviance concept into new areas of research.
Publication
Deviant Behavior
Volume
39
Issue
5
Pages
664-678
Date
12/1/2016
Citation
Herington, M. J., & van de Fliert, E. (2016). Positive Deviance in Theory and Practice: A Conceptual Review. Deviant Behavior, 39(5), 664–678. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01639625.2017.1286194