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Deviance and Social Control

Deviance and Social Control
A Sociological Perspective

Third Edition
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August 2020 | 656 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Deviance and Social Control: A Sociological Perspective provides a sociological examination of deviant behavior in society, with a significant focus on the major theories of deviance and society’s reaction to deviance. Authors Michelle Inderbitzin, Kristin A. Bates, and Randy R. Gainey use sociological theories to illuminate issues related to deviant behavior, offering clear overviews and perspectives in the field as well as introductions to classic and current research. A unique text/reader format combines substantial original chapters that clearly explain and outline the sociological perspectives on deviance with carefully selected articles from leading academic sources.


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Chapter 1: Introduction to Deviance
Chapter 2: The Diversity of Deviance
Chapter 3: Researching Deviance
Chapter 4: Anomie/Strain Theory
Chapter 5: Social Disorganization Theory
Chapter 6: Differential Association and Social Learning Theories
Chapter 7: Social Control Theories of Deviance
Chapter 8: Labeling Theory
Chapter 9: Marxist and Conflict Theories of Deviance
Chapter 10: Critical Theories of Deviance
Chapter 11: Societal Responses to Deviance
Chapter 12: Deviant Careers and Career Deviance


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  • test banks that provide a diverse range of ready-to-use options that save you time. You can also easily edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions;
  • editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides that offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for your course; and
  • individual or group chapter activities to extend and reinforce learning.

Key features
  • Readings are updated to offer coverage of emerging issues such as the use of social media, misogyny in rap music, terrorism, segregation, immigration, and women's movements.
  • Global examples are integrated into every chapter, exposing students to international perspectives while they are learning the substantive material.
  • Key theoretical concepts are expanded, with new discussions of social constructionist conception, the looking-glass self, multicultural feminism, social control of mental illness, and restorative justice.
  • The new edition explores the influence of the internet on deviance and subcultures and emerging topics such as the use of smartphones and social media, stigma management in the internet age, the #MeToo movement, and the effect of platforms like YouTube.
  • Updated data reflect recent trends and events, including the Trump Administration’s stance on transgender individuals serving in the military, The Unslut Project, and the Black Lives Matter movement.
  • Important topics impacting society and students such as human trafficking, school shootings, and world energy consumption rates are now included.  
  • Introductory vignettes from each chapter are updated to provide a strong starting point for each theory and topic.


  • A unique text/reader format combines substantial original chapters that clearly explain and outline the sociological perspectives on deviance with carefully selected articles from leading academic sources.
  • Deviance in Popular Culture boxes offer examples of deviance in social media, films, and television shows and encourage students to apply the concepts and theories they've learned about the behavior depicted.
  • Deviance and Disparity sections explore the impact of status and inequality on different types of deviance and the reactions to such behavior
  • Ideas in Action sections highlight examples of current policies or programs designed to address deviant behaviors from the perspective(s) covered in each chapter.
  • Now You boxes ask students to apply the material they learned in the chapter to specific questions or examples.
  • Global Perspectives on Deviance sections illustrate the wide range of deviance by covering examples of research, policies, and practices from around the world.
  • The foreword to the book, written by renowned deviance scholar Howard S. Becker, provides an excellent foundation for the study of deviance.

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ISBN: 9781544395777