Social variance as it exists between conformity and deviance: Following some advice from Ogburn

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Ralph G. O'Sullivan


The purpose of this article is to introduce social variance as the "stuff" that exists between conformitv and deviance in modern sociology. We often over-emphasize the either-or qualities of conformity and deviance, presuming that nothing lies between them. A foot-long ruler is not intended to look at 0 or 12 on a stick. so why do we do that very thing? By borrowing generously from novels, distance measurements, and art, social variance represents aberrations from conformity and from deviance as a new subject in a discipline which has been dedicuted to traditional definitions, dualisms, and labeling theory.

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