If a group of people also connected to other members of a movement you create a local norm. In spite If you behave in a way that distances you from everybody, possibly yourself, you are mad or so brilliant that you are a little unusual. I am thinking of a physic's professor more at home with numbers and a computer. He would mutter a little. I cannot imagine what his thinking was like but he worked on the orgiinal sustainednuclear chain reaction and protested strongly the work to be done by the people at Los Alamos. I did not bother him to say "Huh hy, your that fission guy" and the impatient ones who could not be bothered unless you operated at their level. You also found bright ( emotionally bright ) kind, men for the most part.
They are deviants because there lives might sound strange and do not connect with the average people, do so viciously, or possess astonishing patience in spite of being Nobel Laureates. By statistical standards most of the people at the school were at least two standard deviations from the norm. Being normal was frightening and appalling. It was disturbing because there are so many injuries that leave you alive but mentally disabled or emotionally troubled.
There was a French writer Pierre Bourdieu who wrote Distinction with the thought that whatever you do there highs and lows within the subculture. If we are found devient by the broadest definition of society That works for defining yourself a devient. What comes the most strongly to mind is sexuality in so many forms. That is when you are shunned, disowned, verbally abused. I remember a case where a lesbian couples cat died and there was a fine powder on the floor. There was no chemical analysis done but the two women were convinced someone had poisoned their cat. I have to admit to a twinge in my heart over the thought of a pet being killed. In any event friction built between the couple and management over how to handle the situation and ultimately the couple left on the basis of observation in stead of deduction. I am making no statement other than the scientific method was not employed and appearances were far more important than substance.
I will make this a running commentary in my journal.