Interpretations and Explanations of Deviance among College Athletes: A Case Study

in Sociology of Sport Journal
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This case study analyzes a group of college athletes who were involved in a series of larcenies. A focal point of the study is that these athletes did not fit the usual profile of deviants who would commit large-scale crimes. Furthermore, the athletes in question were apparently not committing the crimes for material gain. Differential interpretations that are given to explain the athletes’ behaviors include defective character traits, the use of alcohol, peer pressure, and the quest for excitement. These interpretations and explanations are discussed within a broader interpretive model of behavior.

Eldon E. Snyder is with the Department of Sociology at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403.

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