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The Relativity of Deviance

Fifth Edition


December 2019 | 420 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

 
Preface
 
1. The Dynamic Nature of Deviance
Being Left in a Right World  
Relationships and Rule Breaking  
Sociological Relativity  
The Social Construction of Reality  
Theoretical Views: The Old and the Not-So-Old  
Relativity and Social Deviance  
Whose Side Are We On?  
Conclusions  
References  
 
2. Being Deviant
The Original Blue Man (and Woman) Group  
Being and Doing  
Deviance and Responsibility  
The Social Construction of Spoiled Identities  
Managing Stigma  
Conclusions  
References  
 
3. Power, Social Networks, and Organizational Deviance
Power Corrupts, and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely  
The Carrier’s Case: Other People’s Belongings and the Crime of Theft  
White-Collar Crime and Elite Deviance  
The Relativity of Terrorism  
Privilege, Power, and Penalties  
Conclusions  
References  
 
4. Mental Disorders
Medicalization on 34th Street  
The Medicalization Process  
Manufacturing Madness  
Mental Health Buccaneers and Social Control  
Sense and Nonsense in the Psychiatric Enterprise  
Meltdown in the DSM  
Conclusions  
References  
 
5. Predatory Violence
The Social Construction of Murder and Violence  
Arbitrary Meanings  
Patterned Violence  
Vocabularies of Motive and Interpersonal Accounts  
The Curious Case of Jack the Ripper  
Variable Violence: When Killing is Not Murder?  
Conclusions  
References  
 
6. Sexual Violence
Defining Rape  
The Symbolic Organization of Sexual Violence  
Rape and Social Conflict  
Rape Scenes  
Normalizing Sexual Violence  
The Rape of Males  
Conclusions  
References  
 
7. Suicide
Social Frames and Definitions of the Situation  
The Meanings of Suicide  
The Curious Case of Autoerotic Asphyxiation  
Sociocultural Variations in Suicide: Motive, Intent, and Interpretation  
Suicide, Stigma, and Responsibility  
Conclusions  
References  
 
8. Sexual Diversity
Sex, Gender, and Sexuality  
Sexuality: A Sociocultural Understanding  
The Curious Case of the Berdache  
Sexual Differentiation and Sexual Asymmetry  
The Myth of the Universal Turn-On  
Sexual Politics and the Transformation of Intimacy  
Deviantizing Sexual Matters  
Conclusions  
References  
 
9. Drugs and Drug Taking
The Social Reality of Drug Use  
Getting Stoned in the Animal Kingdom  
Imprecise Definitions and Arbitrary Meanings  
The Social Dynamics of Human Drug-Taking Experiences  
Moral Entrepreneurs and Drug Crusades  
Conclusions  
References  
 
Index
 
About the Author
Key features
  • Insightful and thought-provoking examples and informed accounts of the blue people of Kentucky, a woman who believes she is a vampire, autoerotic asphyxiates, exotic dancers, serial killers, graffiti writers, and many others.
  • Offers a captivating analysis of the social construction of deviance while explaining it in an approachable, interesting way.
  • Allows instructors to integrate a relativist perspective into the major topics covered in a deviance course.
  • Applies relevant theoretical concepts to specific examples of deviance.



 

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