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Constructions of Deviance: Social Power, Context, and Interaction 8th Edition

Patricia A. Adler, Peter Adler

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2012
  • 640 Pages


Setting the industry standard for the most recent and relevant articles in the field of deviance, CONSTRUCTIONS OF DEVIANCE: SOCIAL POWER, CONTEXT, AND INTERACTION, Eighth Edition, shows students how the concepts and theories of deviance can be applied to the world around them. The text’s current, comprehensive coverage includes both theoretical analyses and ethnographic illustrations of how deviance is socially constructed, organized, and managed. Seasoned authors and award-winning professors, Patricia Adler and Peter Adler challenge readers to see the diversity and pervasiveness of deviance in society by covering a wide variety of deviant acts. They present deviance as a component of society and examine the construction of deviance in terms of differential social power. The book’s unique “interactionist” or “constructionist” perspective on deviance explores the processes in society that create deviance. Ethnographic in character, the authors’ intriguing selected studies focus on the experiences of deviants, the deviant-making process, and the ways in which people labeled as deviant in society react to that label. Students and instructors alike find the balanced selection of readings to be both timely and engaging, while in-depth introductions, explanations of theory, and discussion questions after each reading help guide students through the fascinating material.

Patricia A. Adler, University of Colorado

Patricia A. Adler (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego) is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Colorado. She has written and taught in the area of deviance, qualitative methods, and the sociology of children. A second edition of her book, WHEELING AND DEALING (Columbia University Press), a study of upper-level drug traffickers, was published in 1993. She has received many honors, including the Outstanding Teacher in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the Outstanding Researcher Award from the University of Colorado. In addition, she was awarded the Mentor Excellence Award in 2004 from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI).

Peter Adler, University of Denver, Colorado

Peter Adler (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego) is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Denver. His research interests include social psychology, drugs and society, and sociology of work, sport, and leisure. His first book, MOMENTUM, was published in 1981 by Sage. Peter has been honored with the University Lecturer Award and as the Outstanding Scholar/Teacher at the University of Denver, as well as being named by the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI) as Mentor of the Year in 2005.
  • New chapters examine the meaning of “natural law” and its relation to deviance (Ch. 4); how claims makers try to label organizations with stellar reputations as deviant in order to gain attention (Ch. 17); racial profiling of young, inner-city Mexican-Americans (Ch. 18); how women on parole struggle to reclaim and manage deviant identities (Ch. 26); the stigma cast on those who are able-bodied but want and/or need a body that is physically impaired; (Ch. 30); how multi-racial people manage their racial identities (Ch. 31); and a support group for people disabled by bowel disorders (Ch. 33).
  • New chapters highlight Internet hackers’ subcultural norms (Ch. 36); the pyramid structure and international criminal activities of Hezbollah (Ch. 38); the collusion and corruption between the government and the oil industry that created the conditions leading to the Horizon Deepwater Gulf Oil spill (Ch. 39); the rise and growth of life-like sex dolls and the men who maintain intimate relationships with them (Ch. 40); and the hidden world of power and dominance in sado-masochistic sex play (Ch. 41).
  • A new chapter discusses the interactions between dancers and audience members in a male strip show (Ch. 42), while another new chapter explores the liminal social position of people who smoke cigarettes but do not see themselves as cigarette smokers (Ch. 46).
  • Comprehensive, current, and cutting edge, CONSTRUCTIONS OF DEVIANCE: SOCIAL POWER, CONTEXT, AND INTERACTION, Eighth Edition, is an excellent supplement. Alternatively, introductions that link specific readings to the broader conceptual themes of the cours
  • The authors retained many of the articles that reviewers and students consistently rank as most popular.
  • Coverage includes many intriguing topics that will spur continuing debates about the definitions of deviance. The “Three Perspectives” section also promises to spark lively classroom discussion.
  • “Constructing Deviance” is divided into three sections-Moral Entrepreneurs: Campaigning; Differential Social Power: Labeling; and Differential Social Power: Resisting Labeling-to clarify how the authors apply concepts from social constructionism through e
  • The book takes a unique constructionist/labeling approach and is popular with instructors and students alike. It keeps students engaged in the course with articles that are accessible, timely, and fascinating.
(** indicates a new chapter.)
General Introduction.
1. “On the Sociology of Deviance,” Kai T. Erikson.
2. Applying a New Typology of Deviance to Middle-Class Norms,” Alex Heckert and Druann Maria Heckert.
Three Perspectives.
3. “Relativism: Labeling Theory,” Howard S. Becker.
4. “Natural Law and the Sociology of Deviance,” Anne Hendershott.**
5. “Social Power: Conflict Theory of Crime,” Richard Quinney.
6. “Functionalism: The Normal and the Pathological,” Emile Durkheim.
7. “Social Structure and Anomie,” Robert Merton.
8. “Differential Association,” Edwin H. Sutherland and Donald R. Cressey.
9. “Control Theory,” Travis Hirschi.
10. “Feminist Theory,” Meda Chesney-Lind.
11. “The Constructionist Stance,” Joel Best.
12. “Child Abuse Reporting,” Douglas J. Besharov with Lisa A. Laumann-Billings.
13. “Survey of Sexual Behavior of Americans,” Edward O. Laumann, John H. Gagnon, Robert T. Michael, and Stuart Michaels.
14. “Researching Dealers and Smugglers,” Patricia A. Adler.
Moral Entrepreneurs: Campaigning.
15. “The Social Construction of Drug Scares,” Craig Reinarman.
16. “Blowing Smoke: Status Politics and the Smoking Ban,” Justin L. Tuggle and Malcolm D. Holmes.
17. “The Disadvantage of a Good Reputation: Disney as a Target for Social Problems Claims,” Joel Best and Kathleen S. Lowney.**
Differential Social Power: Labeling.
18. “Legitimated Suppression: Inner-City Mexican-Americans and the Police,” Robert J. Durán.**
19. “Homophobia and Women’s Sport,” Elaine M. Blinde and Diane E. Taub.
20. “The Mark of a Criminal Record,” Devah Pager.
Differential Social Power: Resisting Labeling.
21. “The Saints and the Roughnecks,” William J. Chambliss.
22. “Doctors and the Context of Medical Crime and Deviance,” John Liederbach.
Identity Development.
23. “The Adoption and Management of a ’Fat’ Identity,” Douglas Degher and Gerald Hughes.
24. “The Paradox of the Bisexual Identity,” Martin S. Weinberg, Colin J. Williams, and Douglas W. Pryor.
25. “Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia,” Penelope A. McLorg and Diane E. Taub.
26. “Challenging a Marginalized Identity: The Female Parolee,” Tara D. Opsal.**
27. “Convicted Rapists’ Vocabulary of Motive,” Diana Scully and Joseph Marolla.
28. “The Devil Made Me Do It: Use of Neutralizations by Shoplifters,” Paul Cromwell and Quint Thurman.
Stigma Management.
29. “Contesting Stigma in Sport: The Case of Men Who Cheer,” Michelle Bemiller.
30. “Moral Stigma Management Among the Transabled,” Jenny L. Davis.**
31. “Passing as Black: Identity Work among Biracial Americans,” Nikki Khanna and Cathryn Johnson.**
32. “Fitting In and Fighting Back: Homeless Kids’ Stigma Management Strategies,” Anne R. Roschelle and Peter Kaufman.
33. “Dark Secrets and the Collective Management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease,” Alex I. Thompson.**
34. “Drug Use and Disordered Eating Among College Women,” Katherine Sirles Vecitis.
Online Communities.
35. “Cyber Communities of Self-Injury,” Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler.
36. “Subcultural Evolution: the Influence of On- and Off-Line Hacker Subcultures,” Thomas J. Holt.**
37. “Gender and Victimization Risk Among Young Women in Gangs,” Jody Miller.
Formal Organizations.
38. “Hezbollah’s Global Criminal Operations,” Michael P. Arena.**
State-Corporate Crime.
39. “State-Corporate Crime in the Offshore Oil Industry: The BP Oil Spill,” Elizabeth A. Bradshaw.**
40. “Artificial Love: the Secret Worlds of iDollators,” Nancy J. Herman-Kinney, David A. Kinney, Kara Taylor, and Ashley M. Miller.**
41. “Subculture and Community: Pain and Authenticity in SM Play,” Staci Newmahr.**
42. “Selling Excitement: Gender Roles at the Male Strip Show,” Maren T. Scull.**
43. “Sexual Assault on Campus,” Elizabeth A. Armstrong, Laura Hamilton, and Brian Sweeney.
44. “Opportunity Structures for White-Collar Crime,” Oskar Engdahl.
Entering Deviance.
45. “Deciding to Commit a Burglary,” Richard T. Wright and Scott H. Decker.
Managing Deviance.
46. “Social Smoking: A Liminal Position,” Jason Whitesel and Amy Shuman.
Career Stages.**
47. “Pimp-Controlled Prostitution,” Celia Williamson and Terry Cluse-Tolar.
Exiting Deviance.
48. “Shifts and Oscillations in Upper-Level Drug Traffickers’ Careers,” Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler.
49. “Obstacles to Exiting Emotional Disorder Identities,” Jenna Howard.

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