Transcendence, Self, and Justice: Functionalism Versus Dysfunction

Leon E. Pettiway, Indiana University

Much of the criminological discourse has been supported by the traditional model of science and its adherence to the scientific method. Within that context, failed socialization and dysfunction characterize much of what we create as the realities of those who have been defined as deviant. By using a sample of gay, drug-using criminals, this paper explores functionalism and dysfunction within the context of the self. As such, the paper considers whether it is possible to transcend prevailing notions and constructions of justice.

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