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Shades of Deviance
A Primer on Crime, Deviance and Social Harm

Edited By

Rowland Atkinson

ISBN 9780415733236
Published March 21, 2014 by Routledge
276 Pages

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Written in a unique format, Shades of Deviance is a turbo-driven guide to crime and deviance, offering 56 politically engaged, thought-provoking and accessibly written accounts of a wide range of socially and legally prohibited acts. This book will be essential reading for undergraduate students in the fields of criminology and sociology and those preparing to embark on degree courses in these fields, as well as general readers.

Written by field-leading experts from across the globe and designed for those who want a clear and exciting introduction to the complex areas of crime and deviance, this book provides a large number of short overviews of a wide range of social problems, harms and criminal acts. Offering a series of cutting-edge and critical treatments of issues such as war and murder, paedophilia, ecocide, human experimentation, stalking and sexting, this book also gives a guide to further readings and suggestions for other media to develop the reader’s understanding of these issues. 

Shades of Deviance requires readers to critically reconsider their ideas about what is right and wrong, about what is socially harmful and which problems we should focus our attention on. It also provides careful analysis and reasoned explanation of complex issues in a world in which sensationalist headlines, anxiety and fear about crime permeate our lives - read it to be prepared!

Table of Contents

Introduction: Shades of Deviance  Part 1: Acts of transgression  1. Jaywalking, Gareth Millington  2. Prostitution, Theresa Degenhardt  3. Nudism, Rowland Atkinson  4. Begging, Philippa Tomczak  5. Cheating, Oliver Smith  6. Loitering, Michael Puniskis  7. Vandalism, Christian Garland  8. Protest, Sam Fletcher  9. Public sex, Sarah Kingston and Terry Thomas  Part 2: Subcultures and deviating social codes  10. Grassing and informants, Craig Ancrum  11. Vigilantism, Mark Hayes  12. Subculture, Joanne Massey  13. Fashion, Katherine Harrison  14. Tattoos, James Treadwell  15. Drug dealing, Craig Ancrum  16. Graffiti, Tara Lai Quinlan  17. Arson and fire-starting, Nicoletta Policek  Part 3: Technological change and new opportunities for harm  18. Speeding and joy riding, Karen Lumsden  19. Video-gaming, Tom Rodgers  20. ‘Harmless’ weapons and crowd control, Steve Wright  21. Hackers and cybercrime, Craig Webber  22. Sexting and cyberbullying, Anne-Marie McAlinden  Part 4: Changing social attitudes and perceptions of social problems  23. Drugs, Emma Wincup  24. Sado-Masochism, Andrea Beckmann  25. Euthanasia, Mike Brogden  26. Binge drinking, Oliver Smith  27. Squatting, Keith Jacobs  28. Smoking, Georgios Papanicolaou  29. Welfare dependency, Rob Macdonald  Part 5: Invisible and contested harms  30. Tax evasion, Prem Sikka  31. White collar crime, Mark Horsley  32. Paedophilia, Maggie Wykes  33. Police deviance, Bob Jeffery and Waqas Tufail  34. Human experimentation, Paddy Rawlinson  35. Elder abuse, Nicole Asquith  36. Domestic and family violence, Molly Dragiewicz  37. Stalking and harassment, Rowland Atkinson  38. Pornography, Simon Winlow  Part 6: Attacks on Social difference: Hate and culture  39. Disability, Cassie Ogden  40. Homophobic hate crime, Karen Corteen  41. Gypsies and travellers, Anne Foley  42. Migrants, Steve Hirschler  43. Homelessness, Pat Carlen  44. Mental health and ‘emotional deviance’, Bruce Cohen  45. Racism, Tina Patel  Part 7: Global problems of violence and human harm  46. Education as crime, Andrea Beckmann  47. Ecocide, Rob White  48. Gangs, Steve Hall  49. Terrorism, Scott Poynting  50. Corporate crime, Mark Monaghan  51. State violence, Mark Monaghan  52. Environmental crime, Rob White  53. Violence, Simon Winlow  54. Homicide and war, Nathan Pino  55. Violence against women, Walter DeKeseredy  56. Human trafficking, Sarah L. Steele  Conclusion: Engaging your criminological imagination  List of contributors.



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Rowland Atkinson is Reader in Urban Studies and Criminology and co-director of the Centre for URBan Research at the University of York, UK. His research has focused on the experience of poverty and social exclusion and applied research around urban affairs and housing issues. He is the author, co-author or editor of over 80 articles, chapters and reports on urban social problems.


This fascinating new volume compiled by Rowland Atkinson explores many of the central issues raised by "deviant" conduct, and exposes the problematic nature of the project that is criminology. This is a book about boundaries. The boundaries of: behaviour (transgressive, deviant, harmful or criminal); of public perception (the moral, immoral and amoral); and of social reaction (from censure to denial).

This book will be of huge value to students studying within, or on the boundaries between, criminology, criminological psychology, socio-legal studies and the sociology of deviance.

Professor Tim Newburn, London School of Economics, UK

Shades of Deviance crackles with intellectual energy and the sparks of critical analysis. Chapter to chapter, it traverses a remarkable range of crime and deviance, from the most innocent of acts to the most egregious of offenses. Better yet, Shades of Deviance asks an essential question: which is which?

Jeff Ferrell, Texas Christian University, USA, and University of Kent, UK

Shades of Deviance is a strikingly original collection of thought-provoking work by some of the most creative thinkers in criminology. It pushes boundaries, raises provocative questions, and will surely help to shape debates on deviance and social harm for years to come.

Elliott Currie, University of California, Irvine, USA

Shades of Deviance never loses its focus, it never shies away from a gritty or contested argument and it never allows the reader to lose interest. It is fast paced, moving and emotional. It is based in the here and now of the social world, without forgetting how we got here.

Darren Woodward, Prison Service Journal