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Conveniently divided into five comprehensive parts, Deviance and Social Control provides readers with a selection of articles that examine core issues in the field of deviant behavior and social control. Major areas covered in the book include how individuals “become deviant,” changes in their identities as they become increasingly involved in deviance; how deviants explain or justify their behavior; the role of the mass media in framing popular impressions of deviants; social and political conflicts over deviance and over appropriate methods of suppressing or managing deviant populations; why norms and sanctions change over time, in either a more rigid or more tolerant direction; the role of others (family, friends, strangers, police, psychiatrists, etc.) in identifying individuals who are engaged in unacceptable behavior, attaching labels to them, and discriminating against them in some fashion; and ways in which deviant actors attempt to “fight back” to reject stigmatization, enhance their self-esteem, and struggle for their rights. Types of deviance examined in the book include drug use and drug dealing, corporate crime, pornography, governmental deviance, rape and other violence against women, prostitution, homosexuality, cyberdeviance, AIDS, cheating among college students, transgenders, and many others.
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A mix of both classic essays and recent, cutting-edge studies
Selections on theories of deviance and control, and empirical studies based on each theory
Articles describing the research methods commonly used in studying deviant behavior
Selections covering major substantive areas in the field, including some previously neglected perspectives and issues
Detailed introductions to each section, preparing students for the readings that follow and alerting them to key issues
Thought-provoking study questions following each article
Ronald Weitzer received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985. He is currently a professor of sociology at George Washington University in Washington, DC. His research includes extensive work on police relations with minority groups in the United States, South Africa, and Northern Ireland. He is also an expert on the sex industry, and has written several articles on prostitution in the United States. He has published four books: Current Controversies in Criminology (Prentice-Hall, forthcoming 2002), Sex for Sale: Prostitution, Pornography, and the Sex Industry (Routledge 2000), Policing under Fire: Ethnic Conflict and Police-Community Relations in Northern Ireland (State University of New York Press, 1995), and Transforming Settler States: Communal Conflict and Internal Security in Northern Ireland and Zimbabwe (University of California Press, 1990).
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