Shades of Deviance

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

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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!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 133 x 197 x 20.32mm | 295g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0415733235
  • 9780415733236
  • 729,703

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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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
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