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Routledge Handbook on Deviance

ISBN 9780367261672
Published March 5, 2019 by Routledge
562 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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


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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