Robert M. Emerson, Professor Emeritus
Department of Sociology, UCLA.
Many actions which we come to understand as deviant in one way or another -- crazy, criminal, obnoxious, defective -- are profitably analyzed as various forms of personal, interactional or social troubles. My research examines the processes whereby such troubles arise and take on specific forms in being remedied or reacted to. Using qualitative field methods, I study both the indigenous dynamics of troubles, as in domestic violence situations, stalking and neighbor disputes, and formal, institutional responses to troubles, particularly by the criminal justice and mental health systems.