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Keith F. Durkin et al., Pathological internet communities: A new direction for sexual deviance research in a post modern era

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Author(s): KEITH F. DURKIN

Journal: Revista Română de Sociologie
ISSN 1224-9262

Volume: 19;
Issue: 3-4;
Start page: 193;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: criminal justice | cybersex | pathological online sexual deviance | sexual preferences | deviant sexual behavior | internet subculture

ABSTRACT
This article explores the impact of the Internet and related technologies on the nature of deviant behavior, deviant communities, and the future of deviance research. The idea that pathological communities, once largely suppressed by time, space, and societal restraints, can now create and use virtual communities is focal. Those new communities may expand their numbers and/or pathology, while reinforcing their rationales for rule violations. Investigation of these new virtual communities is especially complex for both conceptual and methodological reasons: identity is hard to ascertain in cyber-settings; nationality, ethnicity and other background traits and standard (e.g., random) sampling methods are not feasible. Nonetheless, the impact of communications technology on the creation and expansion of pathologically deviant communities requires exploration to determine whether, for example, immersion and social support lead to satiation-catharsis, more aggressive real-time behavior, and/or increases in the depth and number of pathological sexual preferences.
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