Deviance and Social Control

Deviance and Social Control : Who rules?

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This text examines the bizarre and the everyday behaviours that some sociologists have labelled `deviance'. It outlines the history of sociological thought on deviance and engages with the debate about the `death of deviance'. The authors argue it is more useful to talk about rules and rule-breakers than deviance, and relate these ideas to our professional lives, where the idea of deviance continues to be important.

Key issues examined



Sexuality, including paedophilia and female sexual dysfunction

Sanity and madness

Law, justice and the prison system

Terrorism, state crime and cyber-crime

Feminism and post-modernism

Theories of deviance from outside and within sociology

Designed to aid learning

By using topical examples of deviance and social control that students will recognise and connect with, the authors ensure students will engage with the theoretical concepts. Case studies and student exercises enable students to reflect further on their understandings.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 172 x 246 x 15mm | 443g
  • OUP Australia and New Zealand
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • 0195553012
  • 9780195553017

Table of contents

Summary and Outline

Theories of Deviance Outside Sociology

Kinds of Society Theories

Kinds of Rules Stories: Labelling and Political Economy Theories of Deviance

Feminism, Foucault, Postmodernism: Struggle over Rules

The `Death' of Deviance?

Law and Deviance


Bodies and Rules

Minds and Rules: Sanity and Madness

Rules about Drugs

Rules about Sex

Terrorism Glossary Bibliography Index
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