Higher Education

Deviance: Career of a Concept, 1st Edition

  • Joel Best University of Delaware
  • ISBN-10: 0534570011  |  ISBN-13: 9780534570019
  • 112 Pages
  • © 2004 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $72.00



One of America's foremost experts on deviance, Joel Best, explores the history of the study of deviance in this short, highly accessible supplementary text. Joel Best covers the emergence of anomie theory in the 1950s, the rise of labeling theory in the 1960s, and the shifts in the field as it came under criticism from other theoretical perspectives.

Table of Contents

1. Discovering Deviance.
2. The Rise of Labeling.
3. Labeling Under Attack.
4. Labeling's Legacy.
5. The Revival of Criminology and the Neglect of Deviance.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Joel Best

Joel Best is Professor and Chair of the University of Delaware's Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on deviance and social problems. His books include: Threatened Children (1990), Controlling Vice (1998), Random Violence (1999), and Damned Lies and Statistics (2001).