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Techniques of Neutralization Theory and Positive Deviance

Resource type
Authors/contributors
Title
Techniques of Neutralization Theory and Positive Deviance
Abstract
High achievers constitute a unique case in that they are simultaneously positive deviants-often to parents and teachers-and stigmatized as rate-busters-often to peers. Thus, a question is raised: Are theories that have been used to explain negative behaviors, such as the techniques of neutralization theory, also pertinent to positive behaviors? A group of high-achieving students were interviewed and it was found that each of the five techniques of neutralization was in fact advanced as a way of coping with the stigma, or the rate-busting portion, of their status. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Publication
Deviant Behavior
Volume
33
Issue
10
Pages
774-791
Date
2012
Language
English
DOI
10.1080/01639625.2012.707497
ISSN
0163-9625
Archive
Scopus
Library Catalog
Scopus
Citation
Shoenberger, N., Heckert, A., & Heckert, D. M. (2012). Techniques of Neutralization Theory and Positive Deviance. Deviant Behavior, 33(10), 774–791. Scopus. https://doi.org/10.1080/01639625.2012.707497