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Deviance & Gender -- Research Starters Sociology

By: Thompson, Sherry;

2009 / EBSCO


Early studies on deviance largely ignored the intersections of deviance and gender in society. However, recent researchers have been able to better understand and define deviance by examining the points where deviance and gender converge. Although theories regarding social deviance have been generated for decades, it is only recently that theorists have begun to explore the intersections between deviance, crime and gender. This article describes the tenets of Control Balance Theory, Self Control Theory, Differential Association Theory (as described in Social Learning Theory), and Strain Theory and examines these theories using a gender specific lens.