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Deviance

Social Constructions and Blurred Boundaries

Leon Anderson (Author)

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Paperback, 496 pages
ISBN: 9780520292376
August 2017
$74.95, £62.95
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Deviance: Social Constructions and Blurred Boundaries draws on up-to-date scholarship across a wide spectrum of deviance categories, providing a symbolic interactionist analysis of the deviance process. The book addresses positivistic theories of deviant behavior within a more encompassing description of the deviance process including the work of deviance claims-makers, rule-breakers, and social control agents.
Students: 
  • are introduced to the sociology of deviance
  • learn to analyze several kinds of criminal deviance that involve unwilling victims: murder, rape, street-level property crime, and white-collar crime
  • learn to examine several categories of “lifestyle” and “status” deviance
  • develop skills in critical analysis of criminal justice and social policies
Overall, students gain an understanding of the sociology of deviance through cross-cultural comparisons, historical description of deviance in the U.S., and up-close analysis of the lived experience of those who are labeled deviant and responses to them in the U.S. today.
Leon Anderson is Professor of Sociology at Utah State University. He is co-author of Down On Their Luck and Analyzing Social Settings, 4th Edition. 

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