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Constructions of Deviance - 3rd edition

Constructions of Deviance (ISBN10: 0534539122; ISBN13: 9780534539122)
ISBN13: 978-0534539122
ISBN10: 0534539122

Summary: This text is the industry standard for publishing the most recent and relevant articles in the field. It demonstrates to students how the concepts and theories of deviance can be applied to the world around them. The authors include both theoretical analyses and ethnographic illustrations of how deviance is socially constructed, organized, and managed. The Adlers challenge the reader to see the diversity and pervasiveness of deviance in society by covering a wide var moreiety of deviant acts represented throughout the text. Most importantly, the Adlers present deviance as a component of society and examine the construction of deviance in terms of differential social power, whereby some members of society have the power to define other whole groups as "deviant." This edition offers broad, more comprehensive theoretical coverage.

  • Current and relevant articles make for exciting reading. Articles include issues such as rape, homophobia, police-minority relations, divorce, gangs, and body-piercing. These articles are chosen to capture students' interest while illustrating the study of deviance.
  • The strength of the Adler text is its accessibility and its appeal to college students. Deviance is an interesting topic. To this end, the articles were selected by culling through the forefronts of what the authors considered exciting new empirical research in the sociology of deviance. This keeps the reader fresh and exciting.
  • Classic sociologists such as Emile Durkheim are included.
  • In addition to a general introduction, each part has its own introduction to provide context and make connections among them.
  • Inclusion of "About the Contributors" section with brief biography on each.
  • A chronology of deviance theory appears in the general introduction.
  • Almost half of the articles are new and original, offering student-friendly empirical coverage of such topics as positive deviance (for example, a piece on labeling redheads), corporate deviance, robbery, satanic scares, bisexuality, boiler rooms, prostitutes' unions, and the relational satisfaction of gay Christian couples.
  • Material has been expanded in the General Introduction offering a broader discussion of definition of deviance. The contrasting theories Absolutist and Social Constructionist perspectives have been added.
  • A new section on Theories of Deviance has been added. This section incorporates the leading classic theoretical statements in the field along with a vastly expanded Part 1 Introduction that now locates these theories in broader structural, cultural, and interractionist perspectives, and also discusses them in relation to other theories summarized in the text but not specifically excerpted.
  • The Methods section has been made more "ecumenical" broadening the discussion to add strength s and weaknesses of official statistics, survey research, and participant observation more thoroughly and evenly. A selection illustrating the use of each is included.
  • At Virtual Society: The Wadsworth Sociology Resource Center, you can find surfing lessons (tips to find information on the Web), a career center, links to great sociology Web sites, and many other selections. less

Edition/Copyright: 3RD 00
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
Year Published: 2000
International: No

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