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Encyclopedia of Social Deviance

SAGE Publications
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Social deviance—any behavior that violates a cultural norm—can involve something as major as crime or as minor as consistently and deliberately wearing lively mismatched socks. 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 readers to the 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 authored by key figures in the field are organized A-to-Z in two volumes.
  • Each article concludes with cross-references to related entries and further readings.
  • 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.

Available in both electronic and print formats, this two-volume, A-to-Z encyclopedia set is a must-have resource for students and researchers who seek to understand social deviance.

Key Themes:

  • Crime, Property
  • Crime, Sex
  • Crime, Violent
  • Crime, White-Collar/Corporate
  • Defining Deviance
  • Deviance in Social Institutions
  • Deviant Subcultures
  • Discrimination
  • Drug Use and Abuse
  • Marriage and Family Deviance
  • Measuring Deviance
  • Mental and Physical Disabilities
  • Methodology for Studying Deviance
  • Self-Destructive Deviance
  • Sexual Deviance
  • Social and Political Protest
  • Social Control and Deviance
  • Studying Deviant Subcultures
  • Technology and Deviance
  • Theories of Deviance, Macro
  • Theories of Deviance, Micro
  • Transitional Deviance
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About the author

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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SAGE Publications
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Google Commerce Ltd
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Published on
Jan 21, 2014
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Psychology / Psychopathology / General
Social Science / Reference
Social Science / Sociology / General
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