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Social Deviance : Readings in Theory and Research (11 Edition)


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In its first edition with McGraw-Hill, this comprehensive source of classic and contemporary readings will help students learn who becomes deviant, why people become deviant, and how individual and institutional reactions help define the social reality of deviants (the persons) and deviance (the behavior). The selected readings provide experiences for students by providing a solid foundation in the field and a means by which to examine contemporary issues.

About the Author

Henry N. Pontell is professor of criminology, law and society and of sociology at the University of California, Irvine. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. At UCI he's served as chair of criminology, law and society, director of graduate studies in social ecology, associate dean of the graduate school, and creator and director of the master of advanced study in criminology, law and society, the first on line graduate degree program at the University of California. He's held visiting and honorary appointments at the Australian National University, the University of Macau, Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, the University of Melbourne, the University of Hong Kong, Macau University of Science and Technology, and the University of Virginia with the Semester at Sea Program. His published work spans a number of areas in criminology, criminal justice, and the sociology of law. His current research and teaching interests include white-collar and corporate crime, social deviance, identity theft, cyber crime, and comparative criminology. He has worked with numerous local, state, and federal agencies, and has testified before Congress on financial institution fraud. He's a Fellow and past Vice-President of the American Society of Criminology, and a Fellow and past President of the Western Society of Criminology. Among other awards and honors, he is a recipient of the Donald R. Cressey Award from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and of the Albert J. Reiss, Jr. Distinguished Scholarship Award from the American Sociological Association. His most recent books are The International Handbook of White-Collar and Corporate Crime (Springer, 2007), and Profit Without Honor: White-Collar Crime and the Looting of America (Fifth Edition, Pearson Prentice-Hall, 2010).

Table of Contents


Part I

Understanding Deviance and Conformity: An Introduction

Moral Entrepreneurs: The Creation and Enforcement of Deviant Categories by Howard S. Becker

Ironies of Social Control: Authorities as Contributors to Deviance Through Escalation, Nonenforcement, and Covert Facilitation by Gary T. Marx

The "Discovery" of Child Abuse by Stephen J. Pfohl

Defining Deviance Down by Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Trivializing the Lunatic Crime Rate: Theory, Praxis, and the Global Economic Meltdown by Henry N. Pontell

Part II


Functionalism, Anomie, and Strain

The Normal and the Pathological by Emile Durkheim

Social Structure and Anomie by Robert K. Merton

Illegitimate Means and Delinquent Subcultures by Richard A. Cloward and Lloyd E. Ohlin

General Strain Theory by Robert Agnew

Latinos and Lethal Violence: The Impact of Poverty and Inequality by Ramiro Martinez, Jr.

Broken Windows by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling

Labeling/Symbolic Interaction

The Social Self by Charles Horton Cooley

Primary and Secondary Deviation by Edwin M. Lemert

Stigma and Social Identity by Erving Goffman

On Behalf of Labeling Theory by Erich Goode


The Conflict of Conduct Norms by Thorsten Sellin

Toward a Marxian Theory of Deviance by Steven Spitzer

The Poverty of the Sociology of Deviance: Nuts, Sluts, and Preverts by Alexander Liazos

A Sociological Analysis of the Law of Vagrancy by William J. Chambliss

Governmental and State Crime by Stephen M. Rosoff, Henry N. Pontell, and Robert H. Tillman

Street Crime, Labor Surplus, and Criminal Punishment, 1980-1990 by Andrew Hochstetler and Neal Shover


Techniques of Neutralization: A Theory of Delinquency by Gresham M. Sykes and David Matza

Becoming a Marihuana User by Howard S. Becker

Differential Association by Edwin H. Sutherland

Differential Identification by Daniel Glaser

On the Evolving Synthesis of Differential Association and Anomie Theory by Robert K. Merton

Self-Control Theory

Low Self-Control and Crime by Michael Gottfredson and Travis Hirschi

On the Absence of Self-Control as the Basis for a General Theory of Crime by Gilbert Geis


Girls' Crime and Woman's Place: Toward a Feminist Model of Female Delinquency by Meda Chesney-Lind

On the Backs of Working Prostitutes: Feminist Theory and Prostitution Policy by Annette Jolin

Appearance and Delinquency: A Research Note by Jill Leslie Rosenbaum and Meda Chesney-Lind

Identity, Strategy, and Feminist Politics: Clemency for Battered Women Who Kill by Patricia Gagne

Part III

Deviant Behaviors

Alcohol and Drug Use

Moral Passage: The Symbolic Process in Public Designations of Deviance by Joseph R. Gusfield

Marihuana Use and Social Control by Howard S. Becker

Deviance as a Situated Phenomenon: Variations in the Social Interpretation of Marijuana and Alcohol Use by James D. Orcutt

Sexual Deviance

Tearoom Trade by Laud Humphreys

Convicted Rapists' Vocabulary of Motive: Excuses and Justifications by Diana Scully and Joseph Marolla

Learning to Strip: The Socialization Experiences of Exotic Dancers by Jacqueline Lewis

From Sex as Sin to Sex as Work by Valerie Jenness

Bodies, Borders and Sex Tourism in a Globalized World by Nancy A. Wonders and Raymond Michalowski

Common Crime and Social Control

Incarceration as a Deviant Form of Social Control by Henry N. Pontell and Wayne N. Welsh

The Behavior of the Systematic Check Forger by Edwin M. Lemert

Normal Crimes: Sociological Features of the Penal Code in a Public Defender Office by David Sudnow

Computer Crime: Hackers, Phreaks, and Cyberpunks by Stephen M. Rosoff, Henry N. Pontell, and Robert Tillman

Organized Crime

From Mafia to Cosa Nostra by Donald R. Cressey

Individual Choice, Material Culture, and Organized Crime by Peter A. Lupsha

White-Collar and Corporate Crime

Is "White Collar Crime" Crime? by Edwin H. Sutherland

Medical Criminals: Physician Fraud in Medicaid by Paul Jesilow, Henry N. Pontell, and Gilbert Geis

White-Collar Crime in the Savings and Loan Scandal by Henry N. Pontell and Kitty Calavita

Denying the Guilty Mind: Accounting for Involvement in a White-Collar Crime by Michael L. Benson

Mental Disorder

On Being Sane in Insane Places by D. L. Rosenhan

The Moral Career of the Mental Patient by Erving Goffman

From Witchcraft to Drugcraft: Biochemistry as Mythology by Ronny E. Turner and Charles Edgley

Paranoia and the Dynamics of Exclusion by Edwin M. Lemert

Physical Attributes

Marks of Mischief: Becoming and Being Tattooed by Clinton Sanders

Fragile Facades: Stuttering and the Strategic Manipulation of Awareness by Michael Petrunik and Clifford D. Shearing

Legitimating the First Tattoo: Moral Passage Through Informal Interactions by Katherine Irwin

Product Details

Pontell, Henry
McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Langua
Pontell, Henry N.
Rosoff, Stephen M.
Pontell, Henry N.
Rosoff Stephen
Rosoff, Stephen M.
Pontell Henry
Pontell, Henry
Sociology - General
Deviant behavior
Publication Date:
March 2010
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