The Deviance Process

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Unlike texts that view deviance as an -essence, - independent of the mind of the observer, Pfuhl and Henry perceive deviance, and its opposite, -normality, - as impermanent, human creations, resulting from people interacting with one another--the outcome of the antagonisms, contradictions and conflicts in society. The perspective used is identified as social constructionist: one that includes elements of interactionsts and phenomenological sociology. This thoroughly revised and updated text offers students a study of deviance from a perspective that will correspond to their everyday experience.