Constructions of Deviance

Author: Patricia A. Adler
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
ISBN: 1111186375
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Social Science

Packed with the most recent and relevant articles in the field, CONSTRUCTIONS OF DEVIANCE: SOCIAL POWER, CONTEXT, AND INTERACTION, Seventh Edition, shows you how to apply the concepts and theories of deviance to the world around you. The text's current, comprehensive coverage includes both theoretical analyses and ethnographic illustrations of how deviance is socially constructed, organized, and managed. Seasoned authors and award-winning professors, Patricia Adler and Peter Adler cover a wide variety of deviant acts--challenging you to see the diversity and pervasiveness of deviance in society. The text presents deviance as a component of society and examines the construction of deviance in terms of differential social power. Its unique "interactionist" or "constructionist" perspective on deviance explores the processes in society that create deviance. Ethnographic in character, the authors' intriguing selected studies focus on the experiences of deviants, the deviant-making process, and the ways in which people labeled as deviant in society react to that label. The balanced selection of readings is timely and engaging, while in-depth introduction, explanation of theory, and discussion questions after each reading guide you through the fascinating material. -- Book Description.

Drugs and the American Dream

Author: Patricia A. Adler
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470670279
Release Date: 2012-02-28
Genre: Self-Help

Drugs and the American Dream presents an up-to-date anthology of chiefly contemporary readings that explore the myriad sociological correlates of licit and illicit drug use in the United States. Unique approach to the topic that offers an organizing theme of sociological concepts-age, social class, ethnicity, gender, as well as societal response to drug use including drug education, treatment, and policy. The book is interdisciplinary in terms of approach, making it useful in a variety of contexts. Includes a wide array of ethnographic articles that place reader directly into the perspectives of drug users through their own voices Brief framing introductions to each article provide "interconnective tissue," guiding the student to the heart of what's important in the piece that follows. Offers a balanced approach to various substances-tobacco, alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal drugs. Provides students with a realistic perspective on the extent of substance use in American society as well as a critical appreciation of the real versus imagined harms associated with use of various substances.

Social Deviance

Author: Stuart Henry
Publisher: Polity
ISBN: 9780745643045
Release Date: 2009-10-05
Genre: Political Science

This engaging introduction explores the meaning of social deviance in contemporary society, from criminal activity to alternative lifestyle choices. Stuart Henry traces the path by which we create deviance: how we single out behavior and appearances that differ from the norm , label them as offensive or unacceptable, and condemn them. It explains what kinds of behaviors are banned and who bans them, as well as exposing the important political influences on the social codes that lead to some people s behavior being sanctioned and others being celebrated. Ultimately Social Deviance reveals the underlying process by which some people get sucked into deviant lifestyles from which there appears to be no escape, highlighting the central role of social stigma on a person s identity. At its core this book looks at who becomes deviant and why. It delves into the multiple motives that cause rule breakers to behave badly, at least in the eyes of those they offend, and it reveals the way deviants think about their actions, their moral identity and their fellow moral outcasts.

The Tender Cut

Author: Patricia A. Adler
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814705414
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Psychology

Cutting, burning, branding, and bone-breaking are all types of self-injury, or the deliberate, non-suicidal destruction of oneOCOs own body tissue, a practice that emerged from obscurity in the 1990s and spread dramatically as a typical behavior among adolescents. Long considered a suicidal gesture, The Tender Cut argues instead that self-injury is often a coping mechanism, a form of teenage angst, an expression of group membership, and a type of rebellion, converting unbearable emotional pain into manageable physical pain. Based on the largest, qualitative, non-clinical population of self-injurers ever gathered, noted ethnographers Patricia and Peter Adler draw on 150 interviews with self-injurers from all over the world, along with 30,000-40,000 internet posts in chat rooms and communiqu(r)s. Their 10-year longitudinal research follows the practice of self-injury from its early days when people engaged in it alone and did not know others, to the present, where a subculture has formed via cyberspace that shares similar norms, values, lore, vocabulary, and interests. An important portrait of a troubling behavior, The Tender Cut illuminates the meaning of self-injury in the 21st century, its effects on current and former users, and its future as a practice for self-discovery or a cry for help."


Author: Leon Anderson
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520292376
Release Date: 2017-08-22
Genre: Social Science

"This sociology of deviance textbook draws on up-to-date scholarship across a spectrum of deviance categories, providing a symbolic interactionist analysis of the deviance process. The book addresses positivistic theories of deviant behavior within a more encompassing description of the deviance process that includes the work of deviance claims-makers, rule-breakers, and social control agents. Cross-cultural and historical treatment of deviance categories provides background for understanding current conceptions of, and responses to, deviance. The book is divided into four parts. Section One introduces students to the sociology of deviance. A sociological approach to deviance is contrasted with popular views of deviants as demonic, mentally ill, and culturally exotic. Sociological methods for studying deviance are described, with particular emphasis on deviance ethnography. Classic positivistic theories of deviant behavior are presented with critique and discussion of revised formulations of the theories. The symbolic interactionist/constructionist approach is presented as a recursive set of processes involving deviance claims-making by moral entrepreneurs, rule-breaking, actions of social control, and stigma management and resistance by those labelled as deviant. Section Two focuses on high consensus criminal deviance, with chapters on murder, rape, street-level property crime, and white collar crime. Chapters in Section Three addresses various forms of lifestyle deviance, including alcohol abuse, drug abuse, and sex work. Section Four examines three categories of status deviance: mental illness, obesity and eating disorders, and LGBTQ identities."--Provided by publisher.

Goths Gamers and Grrrls

Author: Ross Haenfler
ISBN: 0190276614
Release Date: 2015-12
Genre: Subculture

Goths, Gamers, and Grrrls: Deviance and Youth Subcultures introduces students to the sociological study of deviance, equipping them with the theoretical tools necessary to analyze various youth subcultures--and virtually any subculture--in new and fascinating ways. In this revised and updated third edition, author Ross Haenfler examines eight different youth subcultures in depth: skinheads, punk rock/hardcore/straight edge, hip hop, heavy metal, virginity pledgers, Goths, gamers and hackers, and riot grrrls. Each chapter begins with a brief description and history of the scene before exploring a specific sociological concept or theory.

An Invitation to Social Research How It s Done

Author: Emily Stier Adler
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305176911
Release Date: 2014-03-06
Genre: Social Science

With real-world examples and an emphasis on ethics throughout, AN INVITATION TO SOCIAL RESEARCH: HOW IT'S DONE, Fifth Edition combines balanced coverage of quantitative and qualitative methods of social research with a unique “behind the scenes” approach. Built on focal research pieces and excerpts from real research projects, chapters present the insights, perspectives, and challenges of actual researchers in the field. The result is a comprehensive resource that guides readers step by step through the many stages of social research-from selecting a researchable question and designing a study to choosing the best method of data analysis for a particular study-and prepares them for the ethical issues and problems that they may face along the way. Reflecting the latest practices from the field, the Fifth Edition also integrates a greater emphasis on research focusing on evidence-based programs and policy. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Sociology of Deviant Behavior

Author: Marshall B. Clinard
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305537347
Release Date: 2015-01-01
Genre: Social Science

SOCIOLOGY OF DEVIANT BEHAVIOR has been the market-leading deviance/criminology textbook for more than 40 years by combining timely research findings and updated data with solid sociological analysis. Designed to appeal to today's students, the fifteenth edition examines such relevant and timely topics as justified deviance (e.g., terrorism); corporate crime and mistakes, such as the General Motors ignition problem; the changing moral landscape regarding gay marriage and marijuana use; the importance of social media in facilitating deviant acts; political crime, including electoral crime; and cultural and social reactions to deviance. Learning aids-such as chapter outlines, bolded key terms, discussion questions, and a glossary-support students' study and review. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Playing on the Edge

Author: Staci Newmahr
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253222855
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Psychology

Representations of consensual sadomasochism range from the dark, seedy undergrounds of crime thrillers to the fetishized pornographic images of sitcoms and erotica. In this pathbreaking book, ethnographer Staci Newmahr delves into the social space of a public, pansexual SM community to understand sadomasochism from the inside out. Based on four years of in-depth and immersive participant observation, she juxtaposes her experiences in the field with the life stories of community members, providing a richly detailed portrait of SM as a social space in which experiences of "violence" intersect with experiences of the erotic. She shows that SM is a recreational and deeply gendered risk-taking endeavor, through which participants negotiate boundaries between chaos and order. Playing on the Edge challenges our assumptions about sadomasochism, sexuality, eroticism, and emotional experience, exploring what we mean by intimacy, and how, exactly, we achieve it.

Readings in Deviant Behavior

Author: Nathaniel Eugene Terrell
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
ISBN: 015506438X
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Social Science

READINGS IN DEVIANT BEHAVIOR: CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY brings together over 50 articles in 16 chapters. The text is organized traditionally, beginning with a discussion on the nature of deviance followed by material on theories and perspectives to explain deviance and ending with articles that discuss forms of deviant behavior. Each chapter begins with an introduction and concludes with questions for discussion. The mix of contemporary and classic readings explores the theoretical approaches to deviant and contemporary issues. High-tech, white-collar crime and gender issues are included. This text parallels the organization of the best-selling Clinard/Meier text but is general enough to be used with other textbooks or as a stand-alone textbook.

Wheeling and Dealing

Author: Patricia A. Adler
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231081332
Release Date: 1993
Genre: History

Wheeling and Dealing is a vivid account of the world inhabited by "wholesale" illicit drug traffickers. Based on six years of participant observation, fieldwork, and extensive interviews in an elite Southern California community of dealers, the book gives a rare glimpse into the decadent yet fascinating "subculture of drug trafficking and unending partying, mixed with occasional cloak-and-dagger subterfuge." This second edition brings the story up to date by revealing the fate of several of Adler's key informants. By tracing their lives over a fifteen-year span, Adler offers a unique longitudinal perspective on deviant careers and the reintegration of dealers into conventional society. She also analyzes the unintended consequences of the federal government's war on drugs, tying it to the increasing violence and organizational sophistication of drug traffickers and the rise of international cartels.

Wayward Puritans

Author: Kai Erikson
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
ISBN: IND:30000109200323
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Social Science

Kai T. Erikson uses the Puritan settlement in 17th-century Massachusetts as a setting in which to examine several ideas about deviant behavior in society. Combining sociology and history, the author draws on the records of the Bay Colony to illustrate the way in which deviant behavior fits in the texture of social life generally. The main argument of "Wayward Puritans" is that deviant forms of behavior are often a valuable resource in society, providing a point of contrast, which is necessary for the maintenance of a coherent social order. In a new Afterword, the author offers new conclusions, fresh insights, and noteworthy reflections on his work and its impact forty years after its original publication ""I keep coming back and coming back in my writing and teaching to WAYWARD PURITANS. Kai Erikson's deep appreciation of the ritual dimensions of social life remains a refreshing alternative to rational-choice reductionism. And for social scientists who have recently discovered 'symbolic boundaries, ' the idea was already here. My advice to each new cohort of aspiring social observers: read WAYWARD PURITANS."" Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University ""WAYWARD PURITANS is a true sociological classic. Kai Erikson has produced a brilliant theory of social deviance as well as one of the most remarkable attempts to identify boundaries as a critical sociological phenomenon. One of the most spectacular products of the Durkheimian tradition, this is sociology at its best."" Eviatar Zerubavel, Rutgers University ""Sociological classics speak to all people at all times about the social condition of humanity. For almost forty years, WAYWARD PURITANS has thrown light on that condition. In the new millennium we need that light, for our moral boundaries have shifted radically. Kai Erikson's classic helps explain those shifts, and, explaining them, relates the state of our society to our own moral dilemmas. It is a great book that speaks to us more loudly and clearly today than ever before."" Barry Schwartz, University of Georgia ""Boundary crises come in all flavors. This book describes both the Puritan instance and the general theory. Erikson came up with a fundamental discovery of human life. It's a great theory and a great book, as important now as when it first came out."" Albert J. Bergesen, University of Arizona

Theories of Deviance

Author: Stuart H. Traub
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
ISBN: 0875814190
Release Date: 1999-01-01
Genre: Social Science

THEORIES OF DEVIANCE exposes students to theoretical foundation statements from diverse sociological perspectives. It provides the key passages about deviance that should be read in the original and offers students a varied theoretical background for the study of deviance. As they examine seminal contributions, students will develop heightened critical insight and appreciation for the complexities of theory construction. The selections represent the mainstream approaches in the sociology of deviance, as well as more recent approaches.

The Social Construction of Reality

Author: Peter L. Berger
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781453215463
Release Date: 2011-04-26
Genre: Social Science

The classic work that redefined the sociology of knowledge and has inspired a generation of philosophers and thinkers In this seminal book, Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann examine how knowledge forms and how it is preserved and altered within a society. Unlike earlier theorists and philosophers, Berger and Luckmann go beyond intellectual history and focus on commonsense, everyday knowledge—the proverbs, morals, values, and beliefs shared among ordinary people. When first published in 1966, this systematic, theoretical treatise introduced the term social construction,effectively creating a new thought and transforming Western philosophy.

Deviance and Social Control

Author: Michelle Inderbitzin
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 9781506327938
Release Date: 2016-07-12
Genre: Social Science

Deviance and Social Control: A Sociological Perspective, Second Edition serves as a guide to students delving into the fascinating world of deviance for the first time. Authors Michelle Inderbitzin, Kristin A. Bates, and Randy Gainey offer a clear overview of issues and perspectives in the field, including introductions to classic and current sociological theories as well as research on definitions and causes of deviance and reactions to deviant behavior. The unique text/reader format provides the best of both worlds, offering both substantial original chapters that clearly explain and outline the sociological perspectives on deviance, along with carefully selected articles on deviance and social control taken directly from leading academic journals and books. The Second Edition features updated research, examples of specific forms of deviance, and discussions of policy, as well as a new chapter and readings on global perspectives on deviance and social control.