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Deviant Behavior

11th Edition

By Erich Goode


406 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9781138191907
pub: 2016-06-16
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Deviant Behavior provides a comprehensive study of the behavior, beliefs, conditions, and reactions to deviance, giving students a better understanding of this phenomenon. Deviance is discussed from the sociological perspectives of positivism and constructionism. Readers will grasp the reason behind deviant behavior through the positivist perspective and why certain actions, beliefs, and physical characteristics are condemned through the constructionist perspective.

New to this edition:

Two chapters on crime make clearer distinctions between criminalization of behavior, vs. criminal behavior itself

More discussion of the relativity of deviance, including how murder is socially and legally constructed

Expands the notion that conspiracy theory is a form of cognitive deviance

New discussion furthers the difference between labeling theory and constructionism

New Section on environmental pollution with reference to "green criminology"

New section added on Deviance and Harm

Newsworthy new features include:

A Formerly Homeless Man Speaks Out

Victimization and Abuse

Mass Incarceration

Stop and Frisk

Missing Black Men? (with implications for families and demography)

Arrest-Incarceration Gap

Disparities in Sentencing

The End of the Crime Decline?

The Brother of a Murder Victim Speaks Out

A Tattoo Collector Gets Inked

Faculty-Student Sex

Reflections on Studying BDSM

Table of Contents

Brief Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Detailed Table of Contents

Chapter 1 An Introduction to Deviance

Chapter 2 Explaining Deviant Behavior

Chapter 3 Constructing Deviance

Chapter 4 Poverty and Disrepute

Chapter 5 Crime and Criminalization

Chapter 6 Criminal Behavior

Chapter 7 White Collar and Corporate Crime

Chapter 8 Substance Abuse

Chapter 9 Sexual Deviance

Chapter 10 Unconventional Beliefs

Chapter 11 Mental Disorder

Chapter 12 Deviant Physical Characteristics

Chapter 13 Tribal Stigma: Race, Religion, and Ethnicity

Concluding Thoughts


About the Author

Erich Goode is Sociology Professor Emeritus at Stony Brook University; he has taught at half-dozen universities and is the author of eleven books. During his career, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lady Davis Teaching Fellowship, the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the SUNY-wide Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Goode is married and lives in New York City.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General

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