a new typology of deviance: integrating normative and reactivist definitions of deviance

  title={a new typology of deviance: integrating normative and reactivist definitions of deviance},
  author={Alex Heckert and Druann Maria Heckert},
  journal={Deviant Behavior},
  pages={449 - 479}
The concept of positive deviance is marginalized in deviance literature by the focus on negative deviance and the absence of comprehensive conceptions of deviance. Current conceptions of positive deviance simply parallel definitions of negative deviance, namely normative and reactivist conceptions. Normative definitions posit positive deviance as behaviors and attributes that exceed normative expectations (e.g., overconformity), such as overachieving students. Reactivist definitions view… 

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