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Routledge Handbook on Deviance

1st Edition

Edited by Stephen E. Brown, Ophir Sefiha


544 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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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.


"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

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


About the Editors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology