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12th Edition

Deviant Behavior

ISBN 9780367193171
Published May 22, 2019 by Routledge
416 Pages

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Book Description

Deviant Behavior offers an engaging and wide-ranging discussion of deviant behavior, beliefs, and conditions. It examines how the society defines, labels, and reacts to whatever, and whoever, falls under this stigmatizing process—thereby providing a distinctly sociological approach to the phenomenon. The central focus in defining what and who is deviant is the audience—members of the influential social collectivities that determine the outcome of this process. The discussion in this volume encompasses both the explanatory (or positivist) approach and the constructionist (or labeling) perspectives, thereby lending a broad and inclusive vista on deviance. The central chapters in the book explore specific instances or forms of deviance, including crime, substance abuse, and mental disorder, all of which share the quality that they and their actors, believers, or bearers may be judged by these influential parties in a negative or derogatory fashion. And throughout Deviant Behavior, the author emphasizes that, to the sociologist, the term "deviant" is completely non-pejorative; no implication of inferiority or inherent stigma is implied; what the author emphasizes is that specific members of the society—social circles or collectivities—define and treat certain parties in a derogatory fashion; the sociologist does not share in this stigmatizing process but observes and describes it.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments


1 Introducing Deviance

2 Explaining Deviant Behavior

3 Constructing Deviance

4 Poverty and Disrepute

5 Crime and Criminalization

6 Criminal Behavior

7 White Collar, Corporate, and Global Malfeasance

8 Substance Abuse

9 Sexual Deviance

10 Unconventional Beliefs

11 Mental Disorder

12 Deviant Physical Characteristics

13 Tribal Stigma: Race, Religion, and Ethnicity


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Erich Goode is Sociology Professor Emeritus at Stony Brook University. He has taught at a half-dozen universities and is the author of twelve books, including The Taming of New York’s Washington Square and Drugs in American Society. Goode has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and several teaching awards. He lives in New York City, which provides ample strategic research sites for his interests.


Erich Goode is clearly a master when it comes to textbooks on deviance. This new edition presents a complete, comparative, and comprehensive view of what the sociology of deviance is all about, providing a definite positive reading and learning experience. Erich contextualizes a large number of illustrative cases with a thorough examination of the various theories and concepts that enable us a better comprehension of deviance within relevant sociological perceptions. Thus, readers are taken to an illuminating, engaging, and easy to read and understand tour-de-force of the multiple and various manifestations of deviance, and why they take place. This edition offers a text that is both rich in descriptions and analysis, suggesting many insights but most of all, it will make you think.
Nachman Ben-Yehuda, co-author of Fraud and Misconduct in Research; Professor of Sociology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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