Traditionally, group research has focused more on the motivations that make people conform than on the motivations and conditions underpinning deviance and dissent. This has led to a literature that focuses on the value that groups place on uniformity and paints a relatively dark picture of dissent and deviance: as reflections of a lack of group loyalty, as signs of disengagement, or as delinquent behavior. An alternative point of view, which has gained momentum in recent years, focuses on deviance and dissent as normal and healthy aspects of group life. In this review, we focus on the motivations that group members have to deviate and dissent, and the functional as well as the dysfunctional effects of deviance and dissent. In doing so we aim for a balanced and complete account of deviance and dissent, highlighting when such behaviors will be encouraged as well as when they will be punished.

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A Lecture in Psychology: Deviance and Dissent in Groups

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In this lecture, Dr. Jetten explores the reasons why people engage in deviance and dissent in groups. Concentrating on a single section of her article, Dr. Jetten describes the five motives for deviance and dissent, from disengagement and disloyalty to the group, to moral rebellion, to tangible rewards.

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