Deviance Career of a Concept

ISBN-10: 0534570011
ISBN-13: 9780534570019
Edition: 2004
Authors: Joel Best
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Book details

List price: $98.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 4/18/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 6.42" wide x 9.25" long x 0.31" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

One of America's foremost experts on deviance, Joel Best, explores the history of the study of deviance in this short, highly accessible supplementary text. Joel Best covers the emergence of anomie theory in the 1950s, the rise of labeling theory in the 1960s, and the shifts in the field as it came under criticism from other theoretical perspectives.

Joel Best is Professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. He has published more than twenty books on social problems and deviance, including Threatened Children , Random Violence , Damned Lies and Statistics , and The Student Loan Mess (with Eric Best.)

Preface
Discovering Deviance
Before Deviance
Deviance's Predecessors
Deviation, Deviate, Deviant, and Deviance
The Appeal of Deviance
Placing Deviance in Context
The Rise of Labeling
Howard S. Becker's Role
The Labeling School
Labeling's Subjects
Mainstream Approaches to Deviance in the 1960s
The 1960s as the Context for Labeling Theory
Labeling Triumphant (1967-1974)
Labeling's Vision
Labeling Under Attack
Conflic Theory's Criticism
The Feminist Critique
The Challenge from Identity Politics
Mainstream Sociology's Attack
Labeling in Retreat
Labeling's Legacy
Social Constructionism, Medicalization, and Social Movements
New Directions for Qualitative Studies of Deviance
Deviant Transactions
Deviant Careers
Emotions and Deviance
Incorporating Other Theoretical Perspectives
Discourse and Deviance
The Importance of Gender
New or Neglected Research Topics
Labeling's Descendants
The Revival of Criminology and the Neglect of Deviance
Control's Role in Criminality
The Place of Crime
Rediscovering Strain's Role in Crime
Specialization and Risk
Deviance's Prospects
Final Thoughts
References
Index

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