APPROVED AND DISAPPROVED DEVIATION
Both Florence Nightingale and [ackthe Ripper were deviants. Some deviants-the genius, the saint, the hero-may be honored and revered (usually after they are dead, and no longer a nuisance). Sociologists have given little study to the approved forms of deviation. For all practical purposes, the sociological study of deviation is the study of disapproved deviation. Much deviant behavior is forbidden by law. To a major degree, the study ‘of deviant behavior is the study of criminal behavior.