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Deviance
Social Constructions and Blurred Boundaries

Second Edition


April 2024 | 496 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Deviance: Social Constructions and Blurred Boundaries is designed for courses on social deviance that take a strong sociological perspective. The book draws on up-to-date scholarship across a wide spectrum of deviance categories, providing a symbolic interactionist analysis of the deviance process. The book addresses positivistic theories of deviant behavior within a description of the deviance process that encompasses the work of deviance claims-makers, rule-breakers, and social control agents. Students are introduced to the sociology of deviance and learn to analyze several kinds of criminal deviance that involve unwilling victims-such as murder, rape, street-level property crime, and white-collar crime. Students also learn to examine several categories of "lifestyle" and "status" deviance and develop skills for critical analysis of criminal justice and social policies. Overall, students gain an understanding of the sociology of deviance through cross-cultural comparisons, historical overview of deviance in the U.S., and up-close analysis of the lived experience of those who are labeled deviant as well as responses to them in the U.S. today

 
Section 1: Theories and Methods in Deviance Studies
 
Chapter 1: Views of Deviance
 
Chapter 2: Getting Close to Deviance
 
Chapter 3: Positivistic Theories of Deviant Behavior
 
Chapter 4: Symbolic Interactionist/Social Constructionist Perspective
 
Section 2: High Consensus Criminal Deviance
 
Chapter 5: Murder
 
Chapter 6: Rape
 
Chapter 7: Financially Motivated Crime in the Streets
 
Chapter 8: White-Collar Crime
 
Section 3: Lifestyle Deviance
 
Chapter 9: Alcohol Abuse
 
Chapter 10: Drug Abuse
 
Chapter 11: Sex Work
 
Section 4: Status Deviance
 
Chapter 12: Mental Illness
 
Chapter 13: Obesity and Eating Disorders
 
Chapter 14: LGBTQ Identities

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