Readings in Deviant Behavior, 6th edition

  • Alex C. Thio
  • Thomas C. Calhoun
  • Addrain Conyers

Readings in Deviant Behavior

ISBN-13:  9780205695577

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This collection of diverse readings represents the full range of deviance sociology, dealing with many different theories as well as data collected via different research methodologies.


Designed for use as either a main text or a supplement, Readings in Deviant Behavior includes selections with high student-appeal. All of the readings have been carefully edited for clarity and conciseness to ensure that they are enjoyable and useful in helping students learn. The sixth edition features many new articles that reflect current trends.

Table of contents


* Indicates New to this Edition




Part One: Defining Deviance

1.  Stephen Pfohl, Images of Deviance  

2.   Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Defining Deviancy Down     


Part Two: Positivist Theories    

3.   Robert K. Merton, Strain Theory

4.   Edwin H. Sutherland and Donald R. Cressey, Differential Association Theory

5.   Travis Hirschi, Control Theory

6.   John Braithwaite, Shaming Theory


Part Three: Constructionist Theories    

7.   Howard S. Becker, Labeling Theory

8.   Jack Katz,  Phenomenological Theory

9.  Richard Quinney, Conflict Theory

10.  Kathleen Daly, Feminist Theory


Part Four: Physical Violence    

*11.  Kevin Peraino, What Drives the Libyan Suicide Bombers in Iraq?

12.  James Alan Fox and Jack Levin, Serial Murder: Popular Myths and Empirical Realities

13.  Michael S. Kimmel and Matthew Mahler, What Triggers School Shootings?

14.  Margaret Vandiver, David J. Giacopassi, and Peter R. Gathje, “I Hope Someone Murders Your Mother!”: Extreme Support for the Death Penalty


Part Five:  Intimate Violence 

15.  Madeline BatesTenured and Battered   

16.  Jennifer L. Dunn, Intimate Stalking: Characteristics and Consequences    

17.  Debra Jackson, Child-to-Mother Violence     

18.  Louanne Lawson, How Child Molesters Explain Their Deviance


Part Six: Self-Destructive Deviance   

19..  Thomas Joiner, The Desire for Death

20.  Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler, Self-Injurers: A “Lonely Crowd”

21.  David L. Rosenhan, Being Sane in Insane Places

22.  Peter Conrad and Deborah Potter, The Emergence of Hyperactive Adults as Abnormal


Part Seven: Victims of Stigma  

23.  Deborah Thorne and Leon Anderson, Managing the Stigma of Personal Bankruptcy

24.  Erich Goode, The Stigma of Obesity

25.  Margaret Cooper, What Is It Like to Be a Rural Lesbian?

26.  Steven J. Taylor, “You’re Not a Retard, You’re Just Wise”


Part Eight: Heterosexual Deviance

27.  Nancy A. Wonders and Raymond Michalowski, The Globalization of Sex Tourism      

28.  Ronald Weitzer, Flawed Theory and Method in Studies of Prostitution    

29.  Jennifer K. Wesely, Exotic Dancers: “Where Am I Going to Stop?”

30.   Jennifer L. Dunn, “Everyone Knows Who the Sluts Are”: How Young Women Get around the Stigma


Part Nine: Substance Use and Abuse

31. Keith F. Durkin, Scott E. Wolfe, and Kara Lewis, Binge Drinking on College Campus

*32. Robert L. Peralta, “Hey, Don’t Blame Me… Blame the Booze”

33. James A. Inciardi and Jennifer L. Goode, OxyContin: A Prescription for Disaster

*34. A. Rafik Mohamed and Erik Fritsvold, Damn, It Feels Good to be a Gangsta: Selling Drugs on Campus


Part Ten: Internet Deviance

*35. Keith F. Durkin, Show Me the Money: Online Mistresses and Slaves

36. Andrea Orr, Online Dating: “I’m Dysfunctional, You’re Dysfunctional”

37. Matthew V. Pruitt, Online Boys: Male-for-Male Internet Escorts      

*38. Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin, Cyberbullying: Offenders and Victims


Part Eleven: Privileged Deviance

39. Neal Shover, Glenn S. Coffey, and Dick Hobbs, Criminal Telemarketing: A Profession on the Line

40. DeAnn M. Kalich, The Neutralization of Professional Deviance among Veterinarians                     

41. Xiaohui Xin and Thomas K. Rudel, Societal Causes of Political Corruption

42. Jason S. Ulsperger and J. David Knottnerus, Enron: Organizational Rituals as Deviance


Part Twelve: Underprivileged Deviance

43. Paul Cromwell and Quint Thurman, Shoplifters: “The Devil Made Me Do It”

44. Paul Cromwell, Burglary: The Offender’s Perspective

45.  Bruce A. Jacobs, Volkan Topalli, and Richard Wright, The Immediate Experiences of Carjacking

*46. Elizabeth A. Hoffmann, The Good Thing about Workplace Deviance


Part Thirteen: Controlling Deviance

*47. Richard Tewksbury and Matthew Lees, What It's Like to be Known as a Sex Offender

*48. Joanne D. Leck and Bella L. Galperin, Responses to Workplace Bullying

*49. Denise A. Copelton, Eating for Two: How Pregnant Women Neutralize Nutritional Deviance

50. Erich Goode, A New Way of Fighting the War on Drugs

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Published by Pearson (February 13th 2009) - Copyright © 2010