Deviance Across Cultures

Deviance Across Cultures

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Are "deviant" and "criminal" behaviors inherently wrong or evil? Taking an innovative cross-cultural approach, Deviance Across Cultures spans the globe to give instructors an invaluable new resource for investigating the social construction of deviance. From studies on prostitution and drugs to examinations of religion and corporate deviance, this anthology-a collection of both classic and contemporary articles-responds to the growing need for interdisciplinary and global learning in deviance studies. To create a strong framework for inquiry, editor Robert Heiner has written a comprehensive introduction to each article that emphasizes the topic's relationship to theory and to ongoing trends affecting the United States and other countries. Throughout, careful attention to distant cultures will encourage students to understand deviance from an academic-and less emotional-perspective. Ideal as either a main text or a supplementary reader, this collection builds on classic deviance theory and basic sociological concepts to introduce students to this complex subject.
With its rich global perspective, Deviance Across Cultures will challenge and expand students' assumptions about social deviance-both at home and abroad.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0195177096
  • 9780195177091

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"I believe Deviance Across Cultures will be welcomed by the academy as a carefully composed, much-needed expansion of the conversation on the subject."-Michael J. Bolton, Marymount University "The major strength of [this book] is the international and cross-cultural approach to deviance. The texts that I currently use do not adequately address this question, and yet the argument that deviance is socially constructed is one of the key elements of this course."-Karen McCormack, Wellesley College "One of the reasons I am enthusiastic about the Heiner reader is that the articles are more likely to capture the attention of undergraduates because of their cross-cultural content. We can learn a great deal about deviance in the U.S. by examining deviance elsewhere."-Mark Stafford, University of Texas at Austin
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About Robert Heiner

Robert Heiner is Professor of Sociology at Plymouth State University. He is author of Social Problems: An Introduction to Critical Constructionism, Second Edition (OUP, 2005), and editor of Social Problems and Social Solutions: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (1998) and Criminology: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (1995).
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Table of contents

EXPLAINING DEVIANCE ; The Normal and the Pathological, Emile Durkheim ; On the Sociology of Deviance, Kai T. Erikson ; Social Structure and Anomie, Robert K. Merton ; Techniques of Neutralization, Gresham M. Sykes and David Matza ; A Control Theory of Delinquency, Travis Hirschi ; Conceptions of Deviant Behavior: The Old and the New, Jack P. Gibbs ; The Search for Scapegoat Deviants, Jeffery S. Victor ; MORAL PANICS ; Moral Panics in History, Erich Goode and Nachman Ben-Yehuda ; The Classic Moral Panic: The Mods and the Rockers, Kenneth Thompson ; The Devil Goes to Day Care: McMartin and the Making of a Moral Panic, Mary de Young ; Penis Panics, Robert E. Batholomew ; SEX AND SEXUALITY ; The Cochon and the Hombre-Hombre in Nicaragua, Roger N. Lancaster ; Women in Lesotho and the (Western) Construction of Homophobia, K. Limakatso Kendall ; Paraphilias Across Cultures, Dinesh Bhugra ; PROSTITUTION ; Prostitution and the Status of Women in South Korea, Robert Heiner ; Big Sister is Watching You! Gender Interaction and the Unwritten Rules of the Amsterdam Red-Light District, Manuel B. Aalbers ; DRUGS ; Rx Drugs, 60 Minutes ; Healthy Nightclubs and Recreational Substance Use: From a Harm Minimization to a Healthy Settings Approach, Mark A. Bellis, Karen Hughes, and Helen Lowey ; Why Ritalin Rules, Mary Eberstadt ; Pumped-Up Panic, Dann Perry ; Corporate Deviance ; Regulation, White-Collar Crime and The Bank of Credit and Commerce International, Basia Spalek ; Corruption Scandals in America and Europe: Enron and EU Fraud in Comparative Perspective, Cris Shore ; Religion and Deviance ; Nones on the Run: Evangelical Heathens in the Deep South, Robert Heiner ; Caught up in the Cult Wars: Confessions of a Canadian Researcher, Susan J. Palmer ; Suicide Bombers: The Just War Debate, Islamic Style, John Kelsay ; MENTAL DISORDERS ; On Being Sane in Insane Places, David L. Rosenhan ; Schizophrenia in the Third World, Richard Warner ; Epilogue: A Freedom-Deviance Trade-Off? ; Lessons in Order, David H. Bayley
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