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examining low self-control theory at mardi gras: critiquing the general theory of crime within the framework of normative deviance

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This exploratory study situates the theory of low self-control within the framework of normative deviance. Empirically, it tests whether self-reported acts of deviance committed prior to attending Mardi Gras predict self-reported acts of lewd behavior during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Lewd conduct at Mardi Gras is defined as the exposure of one's genitals, anus, vulva, or female breast nipples, or engaging in oral or penetrative sex in any public place open to the view of people. The overall findings do not support Gottfredson and Hirschi's theory of low self-control. The conclusion integrates qualitative interviews to provide an original critique of the general theory of crime within the framework of normative deviance.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Massachusetts-Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Publication date: 2003-07-01

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