Sociology of Deviant Behavior, 15th Edition

  • Marshall B. Clinard University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Robert F. Meier University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • ISBN-10: 1133594158  |  ISBN-13: 9781133594154
  • 624 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2004
  • © 2016 | Published
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SOCIOLOGY OF DEVIANT BEHAVIOR hits the hot topics from terrorism to white-collar crime and shows you how sociological theory explains them. You'll read about justified deviance (e.g., terrorism); corporate crime and mistakes, such as the General Motors ignition problem; the changing moral landscape regarding gay marriage and marijuana use; the importance of social media in facilitating deviant acts; political crime, and more. Now in its fifteenth edition, this book continues to be the leader in its market. When you read it, you'll see why.

Features and Benefits

  • Chapters are organized into parts to help separate the broad topics in deviance.
  • “Issue” boxes throughout each chapter connect material under discussion to real-world topics, For instance, new “Issue” boxes summarize suicide in the U.S. (Ch. 10); introduce a House of Representative candidate who thinks that tornadoes and dementia are God's punishment for gay rights and abortions (Ch. 12); and profile “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage, who is four feet, five inches tall (Ch. 13).
  • “In Brief” boxes offer interesting tidbits on a topic related to the chapter. Topics include the popularity of ice, the crystalline version of methamphetamine (Ch. 8) and the relationship between suicide and age and gender (Ch. 10).
  • Chapter-opening outlines and end-of-chapter summaries, key terms, and discussion questions aid students in study and review.
  • Chapter 15 discusses new types of deviance and emerging trends in deviance, such as pirates, child obesity, cyberdeviance, bullying, rudeness, and teacher-student relationships.

Table of Contents

1. The Nature and Meaning of Deviance.
2. Deviant Events and Social Control.
3. Becoming Deviant.
4. Major Theories of Deviance.
5. Crimes of Interpersonal Violence.
6. Nonviolent Crime.
7. White-Collar and Corporate Crime.
8. Drug Use and Addiction.
9. Drunkenness and Alcoholism.
10. Suicide.
11. Heterosexual Deviance.
12. Gays, Lesbians, and Homophobia.
13. Physical Disabilities.
14. Mental Disorders.
15. Recent Forms of Deviance.

What's New

  • Completely updated, this edition incorporates the most recent theoretical developments in the field and the latest research findings. For instance, it discusses the changing meaning and nature of the concept of deviance as well as the latest information on sociological theories of deviance.
  • This edition recognizes and documents the shifting moral landscape regarding gay marriage and recreational marijuana use, traces recent shifts in illicit drug use, and continues to document the social stigma experienced by people who are gay, disabled, and/or mentally disordered.
  • The text documents the continued declines in rates of street crime and discusses the latest corporate crimes and mistakes, such as the General Motors ignition problems.
  • The importance of social media and the computer in facilitating deviant acts, including crime, are covered. The book also provides accounts of the tragedy of suicide after bullying on social media.
  • The updated Instructor's Manual now includes Internet resources (formerly listed at the end of each text chapter) as well as lecture suggestions and discussion questions to pique student interest.

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Efficacy and Outcomes


“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.”

— Joel L. Carr, Ph.D., LCSW, LPC, Texas A&M University–Kingsville

“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.”

— Daniel Phillips, Lindsey Wilson College


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1305388550 | ISBN-13: 9781305388550)

Helping you make your lectures more engaging while effectively reaching your visually oriented students, these handy Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides outline the chapters of the main text in a classroom-ready presentation. The PowerPoint slides are updated to reflect the content and organization of the new edition of the text.

Online Instructor's Resource Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1305388569 | ISBN-13: 9781305388567)

Streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation using such resources as brief chapter outlines, chapter summaries, extensively detailed chapter lecture outlines, lecture suggestions, video suggestions, and creative lecture and teaching suggestions. This manual also contains student learning objectives, key terms, essay/discussion questions, student activities, discussion exercises, and Internet exercises.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Marshall B. Clinard

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

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.