Mental Illness as Residual Deviance
Reprinted from “The Role of the Mentally III and the Dynamics of Mental Disorder Sociometry 26 (December 1963): 436-53. Thomas J. Scheff is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has written extensively on the sociology of mental illness, societal reactions to deviant behavior, and the social processes by which groups define reality. His best-known book is Being Mentally 111 (Aldine, 1966).