Deviant Behavior, 12th edition

Published by Pearson (January 12, 2018) © 2019

  • Alex C. Thio Ohio University
  • Jim D. Taylor Jim D. Taylor, University of Idaho
  • Martin D. Schwartz George Washington University


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For sociology courses in Deviance.

Explore the origins, causes and future directions of deviant behavior

Deviant Behavior shows students what the experts have to say about the origins, causes, current state and future directions of deviance. Authors Alex Thio, Jim Taylor and Martin Schwartz provide a solid foundation in scientific theories of deviance. They encourage readers to apply theories and research to the most relevant forms of deviant behavior today, including emerging forms such as hacktivism and virtual kidnapping.

The 12th Edition takes a fresh look at time-honored topics, while shining a spotlight on cutting-edge innovations and deviance-related topics on the horizon.

Hallmark features of this title

  • Global Perspective sections in each deviant behavior chapter compare deviance in the United States to deviance in other parts of the world, a critically important approach in increasingly globalized world. Topics include homicide, homophobia, smoking, drinking and organized crime.
  • Social Profile sections integrated into each behavior chapter spotlight a particular group of deviants, such as suicide bombers, college binge drinkers and corporate crooks.
  • Real-life vignettes, critical analyses of theories and data, and student-oriented examples foster in-depth understanding of the material presented.

New and updated features of this title

  • NEW: A new section at the end of each chapter provides access to key industry-specific Internet resources, such as databases, think tanks, consortiums, and government and private agencies.
  • NEW: Chapter 1, What Is Deviant Behavior?, discusses the current state of deviance surrounding modern political elections.
  • NEW: Chapter 2, Positivist Theories, includesnew coverage of high-profile, mass public shootings.
  • NEW: Chapter 3, Constructionist Theories, opens withgaming addiction and gaming-related death. This chapter includes new research on warrior narratives and stigma management and revisions to evaluating postmodernist, critical, and conflict theory.
  • NEW: Chapter 7, Suicide, includes new researchon groups with higher suicide rates, self-injury, suicide by cop, and updated statistics on suicide rates and methods.
  • NEW: Chapter 8, Mental Disorder, offers an updated look at the categories of deviance. The chapter includes discussions about the multipath model and updated statistics on categories of mental illness.

1. What Is Deviant Behavior?
2. Positivist Theories
3. Constructionist Theories
4. Physical Violence
5. Sexual Assault and Child Molestation
6. Family Violence
7. Suicide and Self-Harm
8. Mental Disorder
9. Heterosexual Deviance
10. Gays and Other Targets of Stigma
11. Internet Deviance
12. Drug Use
13. Drinking and Alcoholism
14. Privileged Deviance
15. Underprivileged Deviance

About our authors

Alex Thio (pronounced TEE-oh), a sociology professor at Ohio University for over 30 years, unfortunately and quite unexpectedly passed away in May 2011. Although mostly known for his textbooks on deviance, introductory sociology, and social problems, with over a million copies in circulation worldwide, Professor Thio also published a number of well-regarded research articles in a variety of professional journals.

Born of Chinese parentage in Penang, Malaysia, in 1937, his family later moved to Indonesia, where he attended high school. There his school brilliance came to the attention of missionaries, and he was sent to the United States to obtain his bachelor's degree at Central Methodist University in Missouri. Later, he did graduate work at Kent State University and received a doctorate in sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He was hired in 1969 at Ohio University, where he taught hundreds of courses in deviance, introductory sociology, social problems, and criminology. In addition to teaching, he always enjoyed writing, and was an enthusiastic entrepreneur in his retirement. Aside from this book, he is the author of the popular text Sociology: A Brief Introduction, 7th Edition (2009), and with Jim D. Taylor, Social Problems (2011), along with several edited volumes. Professor Thio dedicated his career to the advancement of the social sciences. His contribution and legacy are indelible, and we are honored to continue to advance his body of work.

Jim D. Taylor is Associate Professor of Sociology at Ohio University Zanesville. A native Texan, Dr. Taylor received his Ph.D. in sociology from the Ohio State University. A lifelong motorcycle rider and enthusiast, hack songwriter/guitarist, bull rider, and former skydiver, Dr. Taylor specializes in the sociology of masculinity, deviant behavior, stigma management, and race relations. Dr. Taylor has published books on both American gun culture and social problems, as well as scholarly articles on the topics of stigma management and self-injury. His current research focuses on American rodeo cowboy culture and the intersections of rodeo sports, masculinities, and music. Prior to working in academics, Dr. Taylor managed the background investigation and silent witness divisions for the Wackenhut Corporation. In 2009, Dr. Taylor co-founded a dropout intervention charter school (The RCCS Everest High School) in the greater Columbus, OH area, enrolling former high school dropouts and at-risk students. Over 200 former dropouts have graduated to date. Dr. Taylor has also worked with incarcerated students for the past decade. When not lecturing, conducting research, or writing, he loves to visit new campground destinations with his wife Katie, sons Graham and Charlie, and daughter Lily.

Martin D. Schwartz is Professorial Lecturer of Sociology at George Washington University, and Professor Emeritus at Ohio University, where he served 2 terms as chair. He is the 2008 Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and has received distinguished scholar awards from the 2 largest divisions of the American Society of Criminology: Women and Crime, and Critical Criminology. At Ohio University he was named Graduate Professor of the Year and Best Arts and Sciences Professor, and was the first social scientist to be awarded the university's research achievement award, the title of Presidential Research Scholar. He has written or edited (often with Walter S. DeKeseredy) 26 editions of 16 books, 75 journal articles, and another 75 book chapters, government reports, and essays. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Melbourne in Australia and the National Institute of Justice in Washington, DC, and has guest lectured in Europe, Australia, Canada, and throughout the United States. A former co-editor of Criminal Justice, he has served on the editorial boards of 11 other professional journals, while doing manuscript reviews for some 65 journals. He also was co-editor on 2 editions of the American Sociological Association's publication Teaching the Sociology of Deviance.

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