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Constructions of Deviance

Constructions of Deviance - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0534539122

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ISBN13: 978-0534539122
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Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
Published: 2000
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Constructions of Deviance - 3RD 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0534539122

Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler

ISBN13: 978-0534539122
ISBN10: 0534539122
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 3RD 00
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc

Published: 2000
International: No

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 variety 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.

Author Bio

Adler, Patricia A. : University of Colorado

Adler, Peter : University of Denver

Table of Contents

General Introduction.


1. Notes on the Sociology of Deviance: Kai Erikson.
2. Deviance as Sin, Crime, and Poor Taste: Alexander B. Smith and Harriet Pollack.
3. Positive Deviance: Druann Maria Heckert.


4. The Normal and the Pathological: Emile Durkheim.
5. Social Structure and Anomie: Robert K. Merton.
6. Conflict Theory of Crime: Richard Quinney.
7. The Conflict of Conduct Norms: Thorsten Sellin.
8. Differential Association: Edwin H. Sutherland and Donald R. Cressey.
9. Labelling Theory: Howard S. Becker.
10. Control Theory of Delinquency: Travis Hirschi.


11. Child Abuse Reporting: Douglas J. Besharov, with Lisa A. Laumann.
12. Survey of Sexual Behaviour of Americans: Edward O. Laumann, John H. Gagnon, Robert T. Michael, and Stuart Michaels.
13. Researching Dealers and Smugglers: Patricia A. Adler.


14. Moral Entrepreneurs: Howard S. Becker.
15. The Social Construction of Drug Scares: Craig Reinarman.
16. Blowing Smoke: Status Politics and the Smoking Ban: Justin L. Tuggle and Malcolm D. Holmes.
17. Moral Panics: The Case of Satanic Day Care Centers: Mary deYoung.

Differential Social Power.

18. The Saints and the Roughnecks: William J. Chambliss.
19. The Police and the Black Male: Elijah Anderson.
20. Homophobia in Sport: Donald F. Sabo.


21. Becoming Bisexual: Martin S. Weinberg, Colin J. Willimas, and Douglas W. Pryor.
22. Labeling the Redhead: Druann Maria Heckert and Amy Best.
23. Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia: The Development of Deviant Identities: Penelope A. McLorg and Diane E. Taub.


24. Convicted Rapists' Vocabulary of Motive: Excuses and Justifications: Diana Scully and Joseph Marolla.
25. The Influence of Situational Ethics on Cheating among College Students: Stigma Management, Donald L. McCabe.
26. Women Athletes as Falsely Accused Deviants: Managing the Lesbian Stigma: Elain M. Blinde and Diane E. Taub.
27. Stigma Management among Gay/Bisexual Men with HIV/AIDS: Karolynn Siegel, Howard Lune, and Ilan H. Meyer.
28. The Collective Stigma Management of Prostitutes: Valerie Jenness.



29. Sexual Asphyxia: Subcultures: Shearon A. Lowery and Charles V. Welti.
30. Real Punks and Pretenders: The Social Organization of Counterculture: Kathryn J. Fox.


31. Race in the Hood: Howard Pinderhughes.

Formal Organizations.

32. International Organized Crime: Roy Godson and William J. Olson.


33. Elite Organizational Deviance: David R. Simon.



34. Women in Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs: Columbus B. Hopper and Johnny Moore.
35. Turn-Ons for Money: International Strategies for the Table Dancer: Carol Rambo Ronai and Carolyn Ellie.


36. Fraternities and Rape on Campus: Patricia Yancey Martin and Robert A.Hummer.
37. Boiler Room Fraud: Robert J. Stevenson.


38. Negotiating the Tatoo: Katherine Irwin.
39. Joining a Gang:. Being Deviant. Martin Sanchez Jankowski.
40. Gender and the Accomplishment of Street Robbery: Jody Miller.
41. Gay Male Christian Couples and Sexual Exclusivity: Exiting Deviance. Andrew K.T. Yip.
42. Shifts and Oscillations in Deviant Careers: Upper-level Drug Dealers and Smugglers: Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler.
43. The Professional Ex: An Alternative for Exiting the Deviant Career: J. David Brown.


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