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Routledge Handbook of Deviant Behavior

1st Edition

Edited by Clifton D. Bryant


648 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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The Handbook of Deviant Behavior presents a comprehensive, integrative, and accessible overview of the contemporary body of knowledge in the field of social deviance in the twenty-first century.

This book addresses the full range of scholarly concerns within this area – including theoretical, methodological, and substantive issues – in over seventy original entries, written by an international mix of recognized scholars. Each of these essays provides insight not only into the historical and sociological evolution of the topic addressed, but also highlights associated notable thinkers, research findings, and key published works for further reference. As a whole, this Handbook undertakes an in depth evaluation of the contemporary state of knowledge within the area of social deviance, and beyond this considers future directions and concerns that will engage scholars in the decades ahead.

The inclusion of comparative and cross-cultural examples and discussions, relevant case studies and other pedagogical features make this book an invaluable learning tool for undergraduate and post graduate students in disciplines such as criminology, mental health studies, criminal theory, and contemporary sociology.


'The Routledge Handbook of Deviant Behavior is more than a handbook. It meets the requirements of an encyclopedia on constellations of nonnormative behavior that, many a time, can interfere with social, occupational, or civic functioning.'

'This handbook, edited by Clifton Bryant, should help those working in mental health derive a better understanding of what deviant people do, how they do it, and why they do it….This book will also be of use to junior and senior journalists who often need to get quickly acquainted with the fine details of a social problem.'

'Written simply, it is loaded with pearls of information for the interested reader.'

'A particularly essential portion of the book, Part III (Theories of Deviance) attends to different evidence-based theories and explanations of deviance. Sociologists are masters at organizing theoretical propositions. Other disciplines will benefit from these established perspectives. Once again, this volume has much more exhaustive content than what is found in its competitors (e.g., Clinard & Meier, 2010). It offers 11 detailed chapters on theory, including ones on anomie strain theory, biological and biosocial theory, and postmodern theory. One would not need to read any further than this Handbook to become familiar with relevant theories.'

'In summary, this timely compendium offers a course for mental health practitioners and researchers alike, and it would also be a pertinent resource for journalists. The Handbook is not just for the live or digital classroom, but also for busy professionals who need continuing education but cannot afford the time to engage in a formal course.'

-Linda S. Pagani, St. Justine's Pediatric Hospital Research Center, University of Montreal, in PsycCRITIQUES

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Nature of Deviant Behavior Clifton D. BryantPart 1: Conceptualizing Deviance 1. Deviance and Social Control Gary Jenson 2. Constructing Deviance Joel Best 3. Tolerated, Acceptable, and Positive Deviance Robert A. Stebbins 4. The Deconstruction of Deviance Mark Konty 5. Social Change and Deviance Nachman Ben-Yehuda 6. Moral Panic Erich Goode and Nachman Ben-Yehuda 7. Differentials in Deviance: Race, Class, Gender, and Age Nancy Heitzeg Part 2: Research Methodology in Studying Deviance 8. Quantitative Methodology Jeff Ackerman 9. Qualitative Methodology Richard Tewksbury 10. Cross-cultural and Historical Methodology Robert Heiner Part 3: Theories of Deviance 11. Anomie Strain Theory Timothy Brezina 12. Social Learning Theory Wesley Jennings and Ron Akers 13. Control and Social Disorganization Theory Robert Agnew 14. Labeling Theory Ryken Grattet 15. Phenomenological Theory David Polizzi 16. Conflict Theory Addrain Conyers 17. Routine Activities and Rational Choice Theory Marie Shubak Tillyer 18. Marxist and Critical Theory Rob White 19. Biological and Biosocial Theory Richard A. Ball 20. Feminist Theory Carol A. Bailey 21. Postmodernism Theory Charles Walton Part 4: Becoming Deviant as a Person 22. Entering Deviance Stacy Nofziger 23. Stigma and the Deviant Identity. Mindy S. Bradley 24. The Deviant Career Charles Faupel Part 5: Deviant Lifestyles and Subcultures Deviant Lifestyles 25. The deviant lifestyle  Clifton D. Bryant and Craig Forsyth 26. Transgender Lives and Lifestyles Valerie Jenness and Gil Geis Deviant Subcultures 27. Deviant subcultures Keith Hayward 28. Theocrats versus democrats: Unconventionality and deviance in a Kulturkampf Nachman Ben-Yehuda Part 6: Continuous Deviance 29. Homosexuality Staci Newmahr 30. Premarital Adolescent Sexual Activity Kethleen Bogle 31. Vegetarianism and Fruitarianism as Deviance Joe Boyle 32. Cybersex, Computer Sex Addiction, and Cyberpornography Diane Kholas Wysocki Part 7: Self-destructive Behavior as Deviance 33. Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse David Allen 34. Drug use, Abuse, and Addiction Stephen Bahr 35. Eating Disorders as Deviance Diane Taub and Penelope A. McLong 36. Cutting, Piercing, and Self-mutilation Jim Taylor 37. Suicide as Deviant Behavior Steven Stack Part 8: Deviance in Social Institutions 38. Family Deviance Angela Glover and Stacey Bosick 39. Political Deviance Pat Lauderdale 40. Organizational and Occupational Deviance John P. Minkes and Leonard Minkes 41. Sports and Leisure Deviance Robert A. Stebbins 42. Medical Deviance Paul Jesilow Part 9: Sexual Deviance 43. Female Prostitution Mary Dodge 44. Male Prostitution Ron Weitzer 45. Sex Tourism Jody A. Miller 46. Pedophilia, Child Porn, and Cyberpredators Ethel Quayle 47. Stripping and Topless, Table and Lap Dancing Carol Rambo and John Pruit 48. Aberrant forms of Sexual Behavior Thomas S. Weinberg Part 10: Crimes of the Times 49. Computer Crime Steve Rossoff and Henry Pontell 50. Identity Theft Henry Pontell and Gregory C. Brown 51. Intellectual Property Crime David Luckenbill and Kirk Miller 52. Workplace Violence Spridon Kodellas, Bonnie Fisher, and Martin Gill 53. Cyber Bullying, Cyber Harassing and Cyber Stalking Keith Durkin and Dennay Patterson 54. Ecological Crime Rob White 55. Terrorism and Terrorists Emilio Viano Part 11: Crime: Traditional Non-violent Modes 56. Fraud and Embezzlement Robert Morris 57. Burglary Jim Hawdon 58. Motor Vehicle Theft John Heith Copes and Mike Cherbonneau 59. Arson Barry Goetz Part 12: Crime: Traditional Violent Modes 60. Intimate Partner Violence Donileen R.Loseke 61. Homicide, Serial Murder, and Mass Murder Steven Holmes 62. Armed Robbery and Carjacking Dee Wood Harper and Patrick Walsh 63. Rape and Sexual Assault Lynn Pazzani 64. Child Abuse (Sexual and Physical) Elizabeth Mustain Part 13: Handicap, Disability, and Impairment Deviance Looking Differently 65. The Stigma of Deviant Physical Appearance Druann Heckert 66. The Stigma of Deviant Physical Function Nancy Kutner Thinking Differently 67. The stigma of mental retardation and intellectual Disabilities Steven Taylor 68. The Stigma of Mental Illness and Psychiatric Disorders Jo C. Phelan and Bruce G. Link Part 14: Exiting Deviance 69. Exiting Deviance: Coerced and Imposed James Quinn 70. Exiting Deviance: Cessation and esistance Steven Farrall Part 15: New Horizons in Deviance 71. Neglected and New Forms of Deviance, and Different Conceptualizations of, and Perspectives on, Deviance Clifton D. Bryant and C. Eddie Palmer

About the Editor

Clifton D. Bryant is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Virginia Tech, US. He is the editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior (Routledge, 2001), editor of the Handbook of Death & Dying (Sage, 2003), co-editor of 21st Century Sociology: a Reference Handbook (Sage, 2007), and co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Death and the Human Experience (Sage, 2009). Other publications include Deviant Behavior: Readings in the Sociology of Norm Violations (Hemisphere Publishing Corporation, 1990), Sexual Deviancy and Social Proscription: The Social Context of Carnal Behavior (Human Sciences Press, Inc., 1982), and Khaki-Collar Crime: Deviant Behaviour in the Military Context (The Free Press, 1979). He was also the founding editor of the journal Deviant Behavior.

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HISTORY / General
REFERENCE / Handbooks & Manuals
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology