Portland State University. Department of Sociology
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Sociology
1 online resource (103 p.)
Deviant behavior, Self-perception, Drug control, Marijuana
The subject of this thesis is dope dealing in marijuana. However, the main interest in this topic is not centered on unique behavior patterns of persons engaged in this illegal activity nor is it much concerned with the activity itself. Rather, this study was designed to investigate empirically claims of labeling theorists and deviance theory. Through focused interviews with dealers of marijuana, an inquiry was made into deviant self-concepts on the part of those persons. More specifically, attention centered around the variables of type of dealer (lid or small quantity pound); length of time in dealing business; and contact with formal sanctioning agencies as possible conditioning or influencing factors in self- concept formation. The research was intended to examine, in a field situation, concepts that have to this point received more theoretical explication and discussion then empirical scrutiny.
Madaris, Cynthia, "Deviant Self-Concept Among Marijuana Dealers : Examining the Applicability of Labeling Concepts" (1976). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2590.