Encyclopedia of Social Deviance

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Craig J. Forsyth, Heith Copes
SAGE Publications, Jan 21, 2014 - Social Science - 864 pages

Social deviance does not involve just criminal behavior—it’s any behavior that violates a cultural norm, and that can involve something as minor as consistently and deliberately wearing lively mismatched socks. Moreover, whether a crime, a sin, or simply unique taste, what’s considered deviant at one time and place can change, as when extensive tattooing and "body art" evolved from a sideshow carnival spectacle to a nearly universal rite of passage within U.S. culture.

Drawing contributions from across the social and behavioral sciences, including sociology, anthropology, criminology, politics, psychology, and religion, the Encyclopedia of Social Deviance introduces students to this lively field of rule-making and rebellion that strikes at the core of what it means to be an individual living in a social world.

Key Features:

  • More than 300 articles are organized A-to-Z in two volumes available in both electronic and print formats.
  • Articles, authored by key figures in the field, conclude with cross-reference links and further readings.
  • Although organized A-to-Z, a thematic “Reader’s Guide” groups related articles by broad areas (e.g., Concepts; Theories; Research Methodologies; Individual Deviance; Organizational Deviance; etc.) as one handy search feature on the e-Reference platform, which also includes a comprehensive index of search terms.

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Forsyth (sociology, Univ. of Louisiana at Lafayette) and Copes (justice sciences, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham; Identity Thieves; coeditor, Voices from Criminal Justice and Criminological Theory ... Read full review

Contents

A
1
B
51
C
89
D
171
E
241
F
269
G
291
H
315
M
405
N
457
O
473
P
487
Q
565
R
577
S
609
T
727

I
355
K
387
L
393
VOL 2 CONTENTS
v
LIST OF ENTRIES
vii
U
761
V
769
W
777
INDEX
787
Copyright

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About the author (2014)

Craig J. Forsyth is Professor of Sociology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is the author of more than 200 journal articles and book chapters. His principal research interests are in the areas of deviance and crime. He is the author of The American Merchant Seaman: Struggle and Stigma (Taylor & Francis, 1989) and coauthor (with Anthony Margavio) of Caught in the Net: The Conflict Between Shrimpers and Conservationists (Texas A&M; Press, 1996). He is the editor of the journal Deviant Behavior, a position he has held since 1998. He received his PhD in sociology from Louisiana State University in 1983. He did both his BA and MA at the University of New Orleans.

Heith Copes is a professor in the Department of Justice Sciences at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from The University of Tennessee. His primary interests lie in understanding the decision making process and identity construction of offenders. He is the author of the monograph, Identity Thieves: Motives and Methods (2012, Northeastern University Press).

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