Interactionism - Views of statistics

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Interactionists tend to regard official statistics on crime and deviance as being of little worth. This is for two reasons.

First, interactionists argue that people are active social agents who react in different ways. It is thus impossible to predict their behaviour: large-scale patterns will not describe it accurately. Another aspect of this is that numerical data tell us very little about the mind of the deviant or those who define the deviant as deviant. To gain this information we need to use qualitative data.


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