Argot, symbolic deviance and subcultural delinquency.

  title={Argot, symbolic deviance and subcultural delinquency.},
  author={P. Lerman},
  journal={American sociological review},
  volume={32 2},
  • P. Lerman
  • Published 1967
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • American sociological review
Unlike past studies of subcultural delinquency, which stress the interaction context and focus on behavioral deviance, this study highlights the importance of symbolic (particularly verbal) deviance, both in its own right and for delinquency research. Survey data are presented showing that males are superior in knowledge of deviant language and that the growth of argot knowledge parallels the growth of cognitive consistency and symbol usage, reaching its peak in late adolescence. Four patterns… Expand