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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 Edition||p. vii|
|On the Sociology of Deviance||p. 1|
|The Puritans of Massachusetts Bay||p. 31|
|Historical Background||p. 33|
|The Puritan Ethos||p. 43|
|Law and Authority||p. 54|
|The Shapes of the Devil||p. 65|
|The Antinomian Controversy||p. 71|
|The Quaker Invasion||p. 107|
|The Witches of Salem Village||p. 137|
|Stabilities and Instabilities in Puritan Crime Rates||p. 161|
|Puritanism and Deviancy||p. 183|
|Afterword to the Classic Edition||p. 207|
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