The study of identity has, for a long time, entailed how people deal with similarity and dissimilarity to others. In particular, theories focus on whether people prefer to be part of a group or to be distinctive and unique. Deviance describes situations in which people break social rules and conventions. From an identity perspective, there are many motives and causes for engaging in deviant behavior and there are also causes for defining other people's behavior as deviant. This entry explores the identity ...

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