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Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, Elite Deviance is the only text in this area that takes a holistic view as it traces the causes of elite deviance to the structure of power and wealth in the United States.Elite Deviance includes both criminal and non-criminal elite acts that cause great harm. Unique in its scope, Elite Deviance covers not only corporate crime and political corruption in historical and contemporary contexts, but also the relationship between the two. Numerous current examples and case studies grab students’ interest and reinforce all major theoretical points in the book.
Most chapters conclude with “Conclusion,” “Critical Thinking Exercise,” and “Endnotes.”
1. The Nature of Elite Deviance.
Scandal-Plagued America: The Bush Years as Metaphor
A Theory of Elite Deviance.
The Classification of Elite Deviance.
The Conditions Leading to Elite Deviance.
The Consequences of Elite Deviance.
2. Elite Deviance and the Higher Immorality.
The Nature of the Higher Immorality.
Case Study: The Savings and Loan Scandal.
The Higher Immorality and the Political Economy.
The Higher Immorality and Corporate Crime.
Organized Crime and the Business Elite.
3. Corporate Deviance: Monopoly, Manipulation, and Fraud.
The Costs of Monopolies.
4. Corporate Deviance: Human Jeopardy.
5. National Defense, Multinational Corporations, and Human Rights.
The Military-Industrial Complex.
Deviance and Multinational Corporations.
Human Rights, Multinationals, and U.S. Foreign Policy.
6. Political Corruption: Continuity and Change.
Money and Politics.
Corruption and Power.
7. Political Deviance.
Domestic Political Deviance.
8. Understanding Elite Deviance.
Why Elite Deviance?
Elite Deviance and the Sociological Imagination: A Paradigm for Analysis
Characteristics of Bureaucratic Structures.
Image Construction and Inauthenticity.
Organizational Conditions and the Production of Deviant Personalities.
Links between Elite Deviance and Nonelite Deviance.
Elite Deviance and Victimization.
Constructionist and Objectivist Positions on Elite Deviance.
9. The Scandalization of America: The Higher Immorality in an Era of Greed.
Contragate and the Changing Nature of American Power and Corruption.
The Characteristics of Contemporary Scandal.
The Study of Elite Deviance.
Epilogue: Economic Democracy: A Proposal to Transform Society.
The Real Secret Government.
America’s Main Drift.
The Local Community and Social Change.
Foreign Policy and Population Crisis.
Why Change Must Come.
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