Techniques of Neutralization Theory and Positive Deviance

Nicole Shoenberger, Alex Heckert, Druann Heckert

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)774-791
Number of pages18
JournalDeviant Behavior
Volume33
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012

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Shoenberger, Nicole ; Heckert, Alex ; Heckert, Druann. / Techniques of Neutralization Theory and Positive Deviance. In: Deviant Behavior. 2012 ; Vol. 33, No. 10. pp. 774-791.
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