Date of Award

1976

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Sociology

Department

Sociology

Physical Description

1 online resource (103 p.)

Subjects

Deviant behavior, Self-perception, Drug control, Marijuana

DOI

10.15760/etd.2587

Abstract

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.

Description

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Sociology

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/16314

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