chapter  Three
33 Pages

Rules of Conduct and the Study of Deviant Behavior: Some Notes on the Social Relationship

ByNorman K. Denzin

The culture of social relationships is the central subject of this third essay as well, but with an emphasis on the moral order. The ordinary codes of propriety are shown to be distinctively transformed within what the author calls “relationships of substance,” serving to circumscribe deviant behavior and to insulate the individual from societal reactions to his deviance. At the organizational level, the author describes how this distinctive moral order bears on alienation and change for both relationships and encounters. He recounts devices of social control characteristic of social relationships.