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This text is the industry standard for publishing the most recent and relevant articles in the field. It demonstrates to students how the concepts and theories of deviance can be applied to the world around them. The authors include both theoretical analyses and ethnographic illustrations of how deviance is socially constructed, organized, and managed. The Adlers challenge the reader to see the diversity and pervasiveness of deviance in society by covering a wide variety of deviant acts represented throughout the text. Most importantly, the Adlers present deviance as a component of society and examine the construction of deviance in terms of differential social power, whereby some members of society have the power to define other whole groups as "deviant." This edition offers broad, more comprehensive theoretical coverage.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495504290
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/2/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia A. Adler (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego) is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Colorado. She has written and taught in the area of deviance, qualitative methods, and the sociology of children. A second edition of her book, WHEELING AND DEALING (Columbia University Press), a study of upper-level drug traffickers, was published in 1993. She has received many honors, including the Outstanding Teacher in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the Outstanding Researcher Award from the University of Colorado. In addition, she was awarded the Mentor Excellence Award in 2004 from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI).

Peter Adler (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego) is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Denver. His research interests include social psychology, drugs and society, and sociology of work, sport, and leisure. His first book, MOMENTUM, was published in 1981 by Sage. Peter has been honored with the University Lecturer Award and as the Outstanding Scholar/Teacher at the University of Denver, as well as being named by the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI) as Mentor of the Year in 2005.

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Table of Contents

General Introduction 1
Pt. I Defining Deviance 11
1 The Normal and the Pathological 15
2 Deviance and the Response of Others 20
3 Deviance as Crime, Sin, and Poor Taste 25
Pt. II Studying Deviance 35
4 Was It Rape? An Examination of Sexual Abuse Statistics 39
5 Field Research Among Deviants: A Consideration of Some Methodological Recommendations 49
6 Researching Dealers and Smugglers 55
Pt. III Constructing Deviance 71
7 Moral Entrepreneurs 77
8 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: Cigarette Smoking as Deviant Behavior 85
9 The Social Construction of Drug Scares 97
10 The Problem with "Battered Husbands" 109
11 The Social Reality of Crime 123
12 The Saints and the Roughnecks 128
13 The Police and the Black Male 142
14 Homophobia in Sport 153
Pt. IV Organizational/Institutional Deviance 157
15 "Fluffing Up the Evidence and Covering Your Ass": On Police Lying 161
16 State-Organized Crime 170
17 The Moral Career of the Mental Patient 185
18 Bad Blood: The Moral Stigmatization of Paid Plasma Donors 203
19 Discrediting Victims' Allegations of Sexual Assault: Prosecutorial Accounts of Case Rejections 211
Pt. V Deviant Identity 229
20 The Identity Change Process: A Field Study of Obesity 237
21 Divorce and Stigma 248
22 Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia: The Development of Deviant Identities 259
23 Convicted Rapists' Vocabulary of Motive: Excuses and Justifications 271
24 The Influence of Situational Ethics on Cheating Among College Students 287
25 Women Athletes as Falsely Accused Deviants: Managing the Lesbian Stigma 296
26 Return to Sender: Reintegrative Stigma-Management Strategies of Ex-Psychiatric Patients 308
27 Illness Ambiguity and the Search for Meaning: A Self-Help Group for Affective Disorders 326
Pt. VI Relations Among Deviants 339
28 Real Punks and Pretenders: The Social Organization of a Counterculture 343
29 Women in Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs 359
30 International Organized Crime 371
Pt. VII Deviant Acts 383
31 Sexual Asphyxia: A Neglected Area of Study 387
32 Tearoom Trade: Homosexual Behavior in Public Restrooms 396
33 Turn-Ons for Money: Interactional Strategies of the Table Dancer 411
34 Fraternities and Rape on Campus 431
35 Pool and Golf Hustling 446
Pt. VIII Deviant Careers 457
36 Marks of Mischief: Becoming and Being Tattooed 461
37 Joining a Gang 478
38 Victimization and Resistance Among Street Prostitutes 500
39 Nonmainstream Body Modification: Genital Piercing, Branding, Burning, and Cutting 516
40 Shifts and Oscillations in Deviant Careers: Upper-Level Drug Dealers and Smugglers 532
41 Getting Out of the Life: Crime Desistance by Female Street Offenders 544
References for the General and Part Introductions 559
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