Understanding Deviance: A Guide to the Sociology of Crime and Rule-Breaking

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Overview


This book is a straightforward guide to the major European and American sociological theories of crime, delinquency, social deviance, and social control. The authors present chronological descriptions of functionalism, anomie, subculture theory, symbolic interactionism, phenomenology, control theories, and radical criminology, with discussion of variant theories and the relation of theories of crime to social policy. Extensively revised and updated, this new edition includes an additional chapter on feminist criminology.

This book is a straightforward guide to the major European and American sociological theories of crime, delinquency, social deviance, and social control.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198762133
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/10/1988
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

David Downes is Professor Emeritus of Social Administration at the London School of Economics. He is a member of the management committee of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, and of the Howard League for Penal Reform.

Paul Rock is Professor of Social Institutions in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics; and a Fellow of the British Academy.

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Confusion and Diversity     1
Introduction     1
The Character and Sources of Ambiguity     2
The Social Contexts of Differentiation     11
Implications     15
Sources of Knowledge about Deviance     21
Introduction     21
The Elusive Quality of Deviance     21
Some Methodological Strategies     26
Indirect Sources     36
Implications     42
The University of Chicago Sociology Department     45
Introduction     45
The University, the Department, and the City     47
The Roots of Responsiveness     49
Ecology     52
Deviance, Crime, and Pathology     54
The Normal and the Pathological     58
Criticism     63
Conclusion     67
Functionalism, Deviance, and Control     69
Introduction     69
The Sociological Background     70
The Functions of Deviance and Control     75
Criticism     82
Anomie     89
Introduction     89
Durkheim's Theory of Anomie     90
Merton's Theory ofAnomie     97
Anomie and After     101
The Crisis of Social Capital     107
Towards an Anomic Culture?     113
Criticism     114
Conclusion     120
Culture and Subculture     123
Introduction     123
Theoretical Perspectives     125
Crime and the Labour Market: The 'New Underclass' Thesis and After     144
Criticism     150
Symbolic Interactionism     157
Introduction     157
Symbolic Interactionism and Deviance     159
Criticism     172
Conclusion     176
Phenomenology     179
Introduction     179
Phenomenology and Sociology     181
Phenomenology, Sociology, and Deviance     184
Criticism     192
Control Theories     199
Introduction     199
Sociological Control Theories of Deviance     202
'Situational' Control Theories     208
Miscellaneous Theories of a Control Character     218
Routine Activity Theory     221
Criticism     223
Radical Criminology     231
Introduction      231
The 'New' Criminology     232
The 'Birmingham School'     235
Radical Criminology in America     239
Allied Approaches     242
Criticism     243
The Emergence of 'Left Realism'     250
Feminist Criminology     259
Introduction     259
Female Emancipation and Crime     265
Leniency and Control     267
Gender, Crime, and Social Control     268
Feminism and the Female Victim     270
Criticism     274
Deviance Theories and Social Policy     279
Introduction     279
Conclusions     309
The Metamorphosis of Deviance?     311
Introduction     311
Conclusion     324
Bibliography     327
Index     357
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