Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology
Criminal and deviant behavior is known to occur in all places, settings, and times. The Olympics, both Summer and Winter, are not immune to deviant behavior. This paper focuses on the specific types of deviant and criminal acts arising out of the Olympic settings and the anomic factors that possibly lead to deviance in this particular arena. The way that athletes are conformists, innovators, ritualists, and retreatists is considered along with the way that norm confusion influences the Olympic event. Also considered is the role of norm saturation in confusing the way actors interpret appropriate behavior in this setting. Implications are provided.
Original Publication Citation
Payne, B. K., & Berg, B. L. (1999). Anomie, deviant behavior, and the Olympics. Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology, 27(2), 100-109.
Payne, Brian K. and Berg, Bruce L., "Anomie, Deviant Behavior, and the Olympics" (1999). Sociology & Criminal Justice Faculty Publications. 15.