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Routledge Handbook on Deviance

Edited By Stephen E. Brown, Ophir Sefiha Copyright 2018
    562 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The Routledge Handbook on Deviance brings together original contributions on deviance, with a focus on new, emerging, and hidden forms of deviant behavior. The editors have curated a comprehensive collection highlighting the relativity of deviance, with chapters exploring the deviant behaviors related to sport, recreation, body modification, chronic health conditions, substance use, religion and cults, political extremism, sexuality, online interaction, mental and emotional disorders, elite societal status, workplace issues, and lifestyle. The selections review competing definitions and orientations and a wide range of theoretical premises while addressing methodological issues involved in the study of deviance. Each section begins with an introduction by the editors, anchoring the topics in relevant theoretical and methodological contexts and identifying common themes as well as divergence.

    Providing state-of-the-art scholarship on deviance in modern society, this handbook is an invaluable resource for researchers and students engaged in the study of deviance across a range of disciplines including criminology, criminal justice, sociology, anthropology, and interdisciplinary departments, including justice studies, social transformation, and socio-legal studies.

    I. Defining and Studying Deviance


    1. The Definitions of Deviance
    Pat Lauderdale, Arizona State University

    2. Studying Deviance
    Søren Kristiansen, Aalborg University

    3. Bridging Normative and Reactionist Perspectives: An Introduction to Positive Deviance
    Nicole Ann Shoenberger, Penn State, Erie

    4. Media Constructions of Athletics: Normalization and Deviance
    Gray Cavender, Arizona State University

    II. Sport and Deviance


    5. Doping and Deviance: An Interactionist Perspective
    Christophe Brissonneau, Université Paris Descartes

    6. Who’s Going to Protect This House?" Domestic and Child Abuse among Professional Athletes
    Keith Bell, West Liberty University

    7. Criminal and Deviant Behaviors Among College Athletes in the United States
    J. Andrew Hansen, Western Carolina University

    8. The Animal-Sport Complex as Deviance
    Kevin Young, University of Calgary

    9. A Spot of Sporting Bovver? Deviant Sports Fans
    John Williams, University of Leicester

    III. Leisure and Deviance


    10. The Drag Pit: Cockfighting Rationale and Decline
    Frederick Hawley, Western Carolina University

    11. Neo-Nazi Music Subculture
    Steven Windisch, University of Nebraska Omaha
    Pete Simi, Chapman University

    12. Deviance and the Motorcycle Gangs
    Andy Bain, University of Mount Union

    13. Deviance as Career Opportunities: The Case of Graffiti and Skateboarding
    Gregory Snyder, City University of New York, Baruch College

    IV. Substance Use


    14. Binge Drinking: Deviant Leisure and Consumer Culture
    Oliver Smith, Plymouth University

    15. Cannabis: Past to Present
    James C. McCutcheon, University of Memphis

    16. Meth (Mis)Understandings
    Ralph Weisheit, Illinois State University
    Rashi K. Shukla, University of Central Oklahoma

    17. Deviance among Deviants: Reactions to Drug Use among Drug Users
    Albert Kopak, Western Carolina University

    V. Religion and Cults


    18. Christian Sectarianism, Fundamentalism, and Extremism
    Joseph Baker, East Tennessee State University

    19. Leaving Home; the Decision to Enter a New Religious Movement
    Nicole A. Shoenberger, Penn State, Erie

    20. The Perception of Atheism as Deviant
    Kevin McCaffree, Indiana University-Purdue University, Ft. Wayne

    VI. Politically Marginalized Populations


    21. Abortion: A Most Common Deviance
    Katrina Kimport and Lori Freedman, University of California, San Francisco

    22. The White Mule in the Room: The Case of Pariah Groups in the Study of Deviance
    Frederick Hawley, Western Carolina University

    23. The Deadbeat Dad: The Stereotype and the Reality
    Caroline B. Allen, John Paul Wright, and Annelise M. Pietenpol, University of Cincinnati

    VII. Sexuality


    24. Pimps' Perspectives on Good and Bad Sex Works and Sex Acts
    Loretta J. Stalans, Loyola University, Chicago
    Mary Finn, Michigan State University

    25. Fat Sexuality as Deviance
    Ariane Prohaska and Jeffrey R. Jones, University of Alabama

    26. Zoosexual Identity Talk and the Censoring Narrative
    R.J. Maratea, Seton Hall University
    Philip R. Kavanaugh, Penn State, Harrisburg
    Joshua Tafoya, Youth Research and Resource Center, Inc.

    VIII. Online Deviance


    27. The Hacker Subculture
    Thomas Holt and Byung Lee, Michigan State University

    28. The Emergence of Sexting Inside and Outside of United States: Research Findings and Legal Issues
    Caitlin B. Henriksen, University of Cincinnati
    Bradford W. Reyns, Weber State University
    Bonnie S. Fisher, University of Cincinnati
    Billy Henson, Shippensburg University

    29. "But That’s Not Sexting": Accounts From Emerging Adults
    Daniel Renfrow, Wells College
    Kailin E. Kucewicz, Lehigh University
    Katherine Mouradian, Wells College
    Valerie R. Schweigert, University of Washington

    30. Police Deviance and New Media: The Death of Eric Garner
    Christopher Schneider, Brandon University

    31. "But is it Really Cheating?" Evolving Expectations of Online Academic Dishonesty
    Lisa Briggs, Western Carolina University
    Ophir Sefiha, Western Carolina University
    Kyle Burgason, Iowa State University
    Brynn Smith, Western Carolina University

    IX. Stigmatizing Health and Body Conditions


    32. Health Related Stigmas
    Maggie B. Stone, Marshall University
    Ryan Schroeder, University of Louisville

    33. If You’re "So OCD," What Does That Make Me?
    Dana Fennell, University of Southern Mississippi

    34. Acting Out at the Medico-Legal Boundary: Conduct Disorder and the Medicalization of Children's Deviant Behavior
    Deborah Potter, University of Louisville

    35. Obesity and Deviance
    Roel Pieterman, Erasmus University

    36. The Defamed Deranged of Gotham: The Social Construction of Mental Illness as Criminality in Batman Comics
    Adam Veitch and Kevin Steinmetz, Kansas State University

    37. Body Modifications Frames and Claims
    Alicia Horton, University of the Fraser Valley

    X. Elite and Workplace Deviance


    38. Deviant Executives: Crime in the Suites
    Adam-Ghazi-Tehani, University of Alabama
    Bryan Burton, Southern Utah University
    Henry Pontell, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

    39. Perspectives on the Psychology of Elite Deviants
    Michael Benson, University of Cincinnati

    40. Constructing a Demographic Portrait of Deviant Doctors
    Paul Jesilow, University of California, Irvine
    Bryan Burton, Southern Utah University

    41. Tyranny of the Minority: How the Repressive Left has Redefined Academic Deviance
    John Paul Wright and Annelise Pietenpal, University of Cincinnati

    42. Restaurants and Deviance: Theft in Professional Back Places
    Amanda M. Shigihara, State University of New York Old Westbury



    Stephen E. Brown is a professor and head of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Western Carolina University and Professor Emeritus at East Tennessee State University. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland. His interests are in criminological theory and deviance. His criminological theory book, with Finn Esbensen and the late Gilbert Geis, is currently in its ninth edition.

    Ophir Sefiha is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Western Carolina University. He earned his doctorate in justice studies from Arizona State University. His research centers on the interplay among deviance and social control, media, and crime. He has published articles on topics including sport regulation, media coverage of sport scandals, and performance-enhancing drug use.

    "Deviance, one of the most interesting and vibrant areas of research, is presented richly and persuasively alive in this up to-date, captivating book. In it, an esteemed group of first-rate scholars produce a remarkably broad contemporary and brilliant perspective on the various and intriguing manifestations of deviant behaviors. This is certainly a must-read for anyone interested not only in the study of deviance, but on how deviance affects culture and society." 
    Nachman Ben-Yehuda, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Hebrew University