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Deviant Behavior

Deviant Behavior

International Edition
11th Edition

Alex Thio, Jim Taylor, Martin Schwartz

Oct 2012, Paperback, 496 pages
ISBN13: 9780205896974
ISBN10: 0205896979
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Deviant Behavior challenges students’ own biases and preconceptions.

This best-selling text offers comprehensive coverage of all aspects of deviance and is noted for its blend of style and substance. Deviant Behavior covers a wide spectrum of theories of deviance, and analyzes numerous specific deviant behaviors. The author uses an abundance of research data, including many that debunk our common assumptions about deviant behavior. Students are exposed to the full range of theories and data about deviance, and are challenged to think about and evaluate their own biases and preconceptions.

Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:

  • Analyze numerous types of deviant behavior.
  • Challenge their own biases and preconceptions on deviant behavior.
  • Make connections between behavioral theories and concrete deviances.
  • Develop new ways of seeing and understanding chapter material through critical thinking questions.

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In this Section:
1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents

1. Brief Table of Contents

Part 1: Perspectives and Theories

Chapter 1: What Is Deviant Behavior?

Chapter 2: Positivist Theories

Chapter 3: Constructionist Theories

Part 2: Interpersonal Violence

Chapter 4: Physical Violence

Chapter 5: Rape and Child Molestation

Chapter 6: Family Violence

Part 3: Self-Destructive Deviance

Chapter 7: Suicide

Chapter 8: Mental Disorder

Part 4: Diverse Lifestyles

Chapter 9: Heterosexual Deviance

Chapter 10: Gays and Other Victims of Stigma

Part 5: Cyberspace: Wild Frontier

Chapter 11: Internet Deviance

Part 6: Substance Use and Abuse

Chapter 12: Drug Use

Chapter 13: Drinking and Alcoholism

Part 7: Inequality in Deviance

Chapter 14: Privileged Deviance

Chapter 15: Underprivileged Deviance

2. Full Table of Contents

Part 1: Perspectives and Theories

Chapter 1: What Is Deviant Behavior?

Conflicting Definitions

The Positivist Perspective

The Constructionist Perspective

An Integrated View

A Word about Deviance and Crime

Summary

Further Reading

Critical Thinking Questions

Internet Resources

Chapter 2: Positivist Theories
Anomie-Strain Theory

Social Learning Theory

Control Theory

Summary

Further Reading

Critical Thinking Questions

Internet Resources

Chapter 3: Constructionist Theories

Labeling Theory

Phenomenological Theory

Conflict Theory

Summary

Further Reading

Critical Thinking Questions

Internet Resources

Part 2: Interpersonal Violence

Chapter 4: Physical Violence

Assault and Aggravated Assault

Who Is More Likely to Kill?

Patterns of Killing

Characteristics of Homicide

Mass and Serial Murder

A Social Profile of Serial Killers

A Global Perspective on Homicide

School Violence

Stalking

Hate Killing

Genocide

Terrorism: The September 11 Attacks

Why Do People Kill?

Does the Death Penalty Deter Murder?

Summary

Further Reading

Critical Thinking Questions

Internet Resources

Chapter 5: Rape and Child Molestation

Patterns of Rape

Consequences of Rape

The Culture of Rape

A Global Perspective on Wartime Rape

Why Men Rape Women

Males as Victims

Child Molestation

Summary

Further Reading

Critical Thinking Questions

Internet Resources

Chapter 6: Family Violence

Myths about Family Violence

The Extent of Family Violence

Marital Rape

Wife Beating

Child Abuse

Elder Abuse

A Social Profile of Family Abusers

A Global Perspective on Family Violence

Theories of Family Violence

Social Responses to Family Violence

Summary

Further Reading

Critical Thinking Questions

Internet Resources

Part 3: Self-Destructive Deviance

Chapter 7: Suicide

Varieties of Suicidal Experiences

Self Injurers

Inside the Social Structure and Organization of Cutting

Groups with Higher Suicide Rates

A Social Profile of Suicide Bombers

Situational Factors in Suicide

A Global Perspective on Suicide

Social Responses to Suicide

Sociological Theories of Suicide

Summary

Further Reading

Critical Thinking Questions

Internet Resources

Chapter 8: Mental Disorder

Popular Beliefs

Types of Mental Disorder

Social Factors in Mental Disorder

A Global Perspective on Mental Disorder

Societal Responses to Mental Disorder

Perspectives on Mental Disorder

Summary

Further Reading

Critical Thinking Questions

Internet Resources

Part 4: Diverse Lifestyles

Chapter 9: Heterosexual Deviance

Teen Sex

Extramarital Sex

A Social Profile of Swingers

Pornography

Phone Sex

Nude Dancing

Sexual Harassment

The World of Prostitution

A Global Perspective on Prostitution

Theories of Prostitution

Summary

Further Reading

Critical Thinking Questions

Internet Resources

Chapter 10: Gays and Other Victims of Stigma

Myths about Homosexuality

Gays and Lesbians

Same-Sex Practices among Straights and Bisexuals

Homophobia

A Global Perspective on Homophobia

Other Victims of Social Stigma

Summary

Further Reading

Critical Thinking Questions

Internet Resources

Part 5: Cyberspace: Wild Frontier

Chapter 11: Internet Deviance

Seeking Easy Money Online

Searching Cyberspace for Sex

Expressing Hate Online

Disrupting Computer Networks

A Global Perspective on Cyberdeviance

Summary

Further Reading

Critical Thinking Questions

Internet Resources

Part 6: Substance Use and Abuse

Chapter 12: Drug Use

Drug Use in Perspective

Illegal Drugs: Their Effects and Users

Social Dimensions of Drug Use

Becoming a Drug User

A Social Profile of Illegal Drug Users

What Causes Illegal Drug Use?

The War on Drugs

Abusing Prescription Drugs, Particularly OxyContin

Smoking Cigarettes

A Global Perspective on Smoking

Summary

Further Reading

Critical Thinking Questions

Internet Resources

Chapter 13: Drinking and Alcoholism

The Extent of Drinking and Alcoholism

Myths about Alcohol Abuse

What Alcohol Does to Its Users

Social Factors in Drinking

A Global Perspective on Drinking

What Is Alcoholism?

Becoming an Alcoholic

College Students and Alcohol

Women and Alcohol

What Causes Alcoholism?

Controlling Alcohol Use and Abuse

Summary

Further Reading

Critical Thinking Questions

Internet Resources

Part 7: Inequality in Deviance

Chapter 14: Privileged Deviance

What Is White-Collar Deviance?

Corporate Deviance

A Social Profile of Corporate Crooks

Occupational Deviance

What Makes White-Collar Deviance Unique?

Causes of White-Collar Deviance

Governmental Deviance

A Global Perspective on Official Corruption

Official Ways of Neutralizing Deviance

Causes of Governmental Deviance

Summary

Further Reading

Critical Thinking Questions

Internet Resources

Chapter 15: Underprivileged Deviance

Robbery

Auto Theft and Carjacking

Burglary

Shoplifting

Organized Crime

A Global Perspective on Organized Crime

Summary

Further Reading

Critical Thinking Questions

Internet Resources

  • Provides a comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of all aspects of deviance.
  • A lively writing style, real-life vignettes, critical analyses of theories and data, and student-oriented examples help lead to greater understanding of the material presented.
  • The theories in the behavior chapters (Chs. 4-14) are shown as related to, rather than independent of, the general perspectives and theories in first three chapters enabling students to make connections.
  • A unique organization. Traditionally, deviance texts are divided into only two parts, with a few theory chapters in the first part and then multiple chapters on diverse forms of deviant behavior lumped together into the second part. In this edition, Part I contains the theory chapters (p. 1-53), and Parts II-VI are divided into five distinct parts as follows: (1) Interpersonal Violence (p. 55-140), (2) Self-Targeted Deviance (p. 141-212), (3) Diverse Lifestyles (p. 213-296), (4) Drug Use (p. 297-360), and (5) Inequality in Deviance (p. 361-414).
  • Connection between general theories and concrete deviances. The theories in the behavior chapters (Chapters 4-15) are shown how they are related to the general perspectives and theories in the first three chapters enabling students to make connections.
  • Ask students to analyze their own assumptions about deviant behavior.
  • The “Global Perspective” sections are found in each deviant behavior chapter (Chs. 4-14) compare deviance in the United States to deviance in other parts of the world—a critically important approach in the globalization of our lives and society today. The boxes include such deviances as homicide, homophobia, smoking, drinking, and organized crime (ex. p .410-411).
  • “Social Profile” sections are integrated in each behavior chapter (Chapters 4 -15). Each box spotlights a certain group of deviants such as suicide bombers, depressed teens, swinging couples, college binge drinkers, corporate crooks (ex. p. 159-160).
  • Critical Thinking questions at the end of each chapter enable students to ponder what they have just learned about the subject and to develop new ways of seeing and understanding it. Such questions include, among others, “If in fighting the war on drugs you had to choose between law enforcement and prevention/treatment, which would you opt for? Why?” (ex. p. 245).
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Alex Thio is Professor of Sociology at Ohio University. Born of Chinese parentage in Penang, Malaysia, he grew up in a multicultural environment. He acquired fluency in Mandarin (modern standard Chinese), Malay, and Indonesian. He also picked up a smattering of English and Dutch. He took French and German in high school and college.

Professor Thio attended primary school in Malaysia and high school in Indonesia. He then came to the United States and worked his way through Central Methodist College in Missouri, where he majored in social sciences. Later, he studied sociology as a graduate student at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and he completed his doctorate while working as a research and teaching assistant.

Professor Thio regularly teaches courses in deviance, introductory sociology, social problems, and criminology. In addition to teaching, he enjoys writing. He is the author of the Sociology: A Brief Introduction, Society: Myths and Realities (Penguin Academic), and Deviant Behavior.

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