Challenging the Risks in Online Medicine Purchasing: Respectable Deviance

  • Lisa Sugiura
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity book series (PSCYBER)


This chapter focuses on the risks in online medicine purchasing and utilises a theoretical framework – respectable deviance to underpin how the risks are challenged. Incorporating three stages involving the construction of deviance, the justification of deviance and the management of respectability, respectable deviance provides insight into how online medicine consumers account for their activity, which sometimes transgresses regulation and disputes authority.


Risks Respectable deviance Techniques of neutralization Dramaturgy Medicines 


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  • Lisa Sugiura
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  1. 1.University of PortsmouthPortsmouthUK

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