Notes on the Sociology of Deviance  

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"Thus the norm has a history much like that of an article of common law: it is an accumulation of decisions made by the community over a long period of time which gradually gathers enough moral influence to serve as a precedent for future decisions." --"Notes on the Sociology of Deviance" (1962) by Kai T. Erikson

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"Notes on the Sociology of Deviance" (1962) is an essay by Kai T. Erikson.

Incipit: "It is general practice in sociology to regard deviant behavior as an alien element in society."

The essay references The Rules of Sociological Method Durkheim's dictum that crime is a natural event, "an integral part of all healthy societies."

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