Sociology of Deviant Behavior / Edition 13

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Sociology of Deviant Behavior identifies and explains the learning theories and sociological orientations of deviant behavior, examining in detail the most common forms of behavior regarded as deviant. Marshall B. Clinard and Robert F. Meier show readers that understanding deviant behavior is no different from understanding any other behavior - that deviance is human behavior, understandable within a general context of socialization and role-playing.
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"Overall, this is one of the leading textbooks about deviant behavior on the market. I recommend this to all students of sociology, criminology, criminal justice, psychology, medicine, counseling, and social work. It provides the depth and breadth that is needed."

"The book is thorough. It is full of useful and comprehensive information. . . . The text is a complete, overall well-written and designed book that will encourage students to read and make for a great course."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495093350
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/14/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 13
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Marshall Clinard (1911-2010) was Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He wrote numerous books and articles on deviance and sociology, and was a major contributor to our understanding of white-collar and corporate criminality.

Robert F. Meier has been Professor the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) since 1998. He obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and has held faculty positions at the University of California, Washington State University, and Iowa State University before coming to UNO. Dr. Meier is the author or editor of 23 books, original and revised editions, and over 75 articles in professional journals, book chapters, and technical reports. He has been a member of the American Sociological Association, Midwest Sociological Society, American Society of Criminology, and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He is a consultant for the National Science Foundation, National Research Council, and the National Institute of Justice. He has served as associate editor for the American Sociological Review, Criminology, Sociological Inquiry, and Deviant Behavior, and as Vice President of the American Society of Criminology.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Nature and Meaning of Deviance 1
Ch. 2 Deviant Events and Social Control 28
Ch. 3 Becoming Deviant 51
Ch. 4 Structural Perspectives on Deviance: Anomie and Conflict Theories 84
Ch. 5 Labeling, Control, and Learning Theories of Deviance 103
Ch. 6 Crimes of Interpersonal Violence 129
Ch. 7 Nonviolent Crime 172
Ch. 8 White-Collar and Corporate Crime 202
Ch. 9 Drug Use and Addiction 245
Ch. 10 Drunkenness and Alcoholism 305
Ch. 11 Sexual Deviance 355
Ch. 12 Suicide 405
Ch. 13 Physical Disabilities 451
Ch. 14 Homosexuality, Lesbianism, and Homophobia 486
Ch. 15 Mental Disorders 544
Name Index
Subject Index
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