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Zapotec deviance : the convergence of folk and modern sociology / by Henry A. Selby ; foreword by Howard S. Becker.


Austin : University of Texas Press, [1974] .
ISBN 0292798008

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Subjects Deviant behavior.
Déviance.
Mexico -- Oaxaca (State)
Oaxaca (Estado) -- Condiciones sociales.
Oaxaca (Mexico : State) -- Social conditions.
Oaxaca (Mexique : État) -- Conditions sociales.
Social history.
Zapotec Indians.
Zapotèques.
Description xviii, 166 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Copyright Date [1974]
©1974
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 151-160) and index.
Summary This ethnographic study of the Zapotec Indians of a small community in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico, reveals that the notion of the social basis of deviance is implicit in Zapotec thinking. Zapotecs recognize that crime and deviance arise out of society, and their methods of reducing criminal behavior are based on social networks and their dynamics. The author's consideration of witchcraft and deviant sexual behavior among the Zapotecs demonstrates how a deeper understanding of the rules upon which their society is based is necessary to an understanding of Zapotec ideas of deviance. The intent of this study is to show how in a contemporary traditional community the logic of the interactionist approach to the understanding of deviance has been borne out in detail. The transcultural comparisons, in many instances, can lead us to reexamine our own ideas about law and order.
Contents The study of deviance -- Values and social groups in the community -- Deviance and the social structure -- Ideologies and the definition of sexual deviance -- Witchcraft in the community -- Witchcraft and the process of labeling -- The origins of good and evil.
Geographic Area Mexico
Network Numbers (OCoLC)799745
(OCoLC)ocm00799745
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WorldCat Identities Selby, Henry A.
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