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Wayward Puritans A Study in the Sociology of Deviance, Classic Edition



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    Wayward Puritans: A Study in the Sociology of Deviance


This book uses the Puritan settlement in 17th-century Massachusetts as a setting in which to examine several ideas about deviant behavior in society.Combining sociology and history, Erikson draws on the records of the Bay Colony to illustrate the way in which deviant behavior fits in the texture of social life generally.The main argument ofWayward Puritansis that deviant forms of behavior are often a valuable resource in society, providing a point of contrast which is necessary for the maintenance of a coherent social order.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Classic Editionp. vii
Prefacep. xiii
On the Sociology of Deviancep. 1
The Puritans of Massachusetts Bayp. 31
Historical Backgroundp. 33
The Puritan Ethosp. 43
Law and Authorityp. 54
The Shapes of the Devilp. 65
The Antinomian Controversyp. 71
The Quaker Invasionp. 107
The Witches of Salem Villagep. 137
Stabilities and Instabilities in Puritan Crime Ratesp. 161
Puritanism and Deviancyp. 183
Afterword to the Classic Editionp. 207
Appendixp. 229
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 247
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