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Routledge Handbook of Deviant Behavior

Edited By

Clifton D. Bryant

ISBN 9780415482745
Published July 25, 2011 by Routledge
648 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Nature of Deviant Behavior Clifton D. Bryant  Part 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

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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.


'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