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Are "deviant" and "criminal" behaviors inherently wrong or evil? Taking an innovative cross-cultural approach, Deviance Across Cultures: Constructions of Difference, Second Edition, spans the globe to give instructors and students an invaluable--and affordable--resource for investigating the social construction of deviance. From studies on sex and drugs to examinations of religious and corporate deviance, this anthology responds to the growing need for global learning in deviance studies.

Author Biography

Robert Heiner is Professor of Sociology at Plymouth State University. He is the author or editor of several books, including Social Problems: An Introduction to Critical Constructionism, Fourth Edition (OUP, 2012), and Conflicting Interests: Readings in Social Problems and Inequality (OUP, 2009).

Table of Contents

Part I: Explaining Deviance

1. The Normal and the Pathological, Emile Durkheim
2. On the Sociology of Deviance, Kai T. Erikson
3. Social Structure and Anomie, Robert K.. Merton
4. Techniques of Neutralization, Gresham M. Sykes and David Matza
5. A Control Theory of Delinquency, Travis Hirschi
6. Conceptions of Deviant Behavior: The Old and the New, Jack P. Gibbs
7. Definition and the Dramatization of Evil, Frank Tannenbaum
8. The Search for Scapegoat Deviants, Jeffery S. Victor
9. Criminality and Economic Conditions, Willem Bonger
10. The Implicit Ideology of Criminal Justice, Jeffrey Reiman

Part II: Studying Deviance

11. Caught up in the Cult Wars: Confessions of a Canadian Researcher, Susan J. Palmer
12. Sex in Boxes, Elizabeth Pisani
13. Cross-Cultural and Historical Methodology, Robert Heiner

Part III: Moral Panics

14. The Classic Moral Panic: The Mods and the Rockers, Kenneth Thompson
15. The Devil Goes to Day Care: McMartin and the Making of a Moral Panic, Mary deYoung
16. Crime Scares, Robert Heiner

Part IV: Sex and Sexuality

17. The Cochón and the Hombre-Hombre in Nicaragua, Roger N. Lancaster
18. Women in Lesotho and the (Western) Construction of Homophobia, Kathryn Kendall
19. Multiple Genders among North American Indians, Serena Nanda
20. Prostitution and the Status of Women in South Korea, Robert Heiner
21. Sexual Tourism and Social Panics: Research and Intervention in Rio de Janeiro, Ana Paula da Silva and Thaddeus Gregory Blanchette
22. The Nudist Management of Respectability, Martin S. Weinberg

Part V: Drugs

23. Customs, Cultures and the Experience of Intoxication, Angus Bancroft
24. The Social Construction of Drug Scares, Craig Reinarman
25. Rx Drugs, 60 Minutes
26. Healthy Nightclubs And Recreational Substance Use: From A Harm Minimization To A Healthy Settings Approach, Mark A. Bellis, Karen Hughes, and Helen Lowey
27. A Cold of the Soul: A Japanese Case of Disease Mongering in Psychiatry, Hiroshi Ihara

Part VI: State, Corporate and Occupational Deviance

28. Corporate Crime and "Higher Immorality", Victor E. Kappeler and Gary W. Potter
29. Performing Bribery in China: Guanxi-Practice, Corruption with a Human Face, Ling Li
30. The Cunning of History: The Holocaust and the American Future, Richard L. Rubenstein
31. Corporate Violence and the Banality of Evil, Stuart L. Hills

Part VII: Religion and Deviance

32. Nones on the Run: Evangelical Heathens in the Deep South, Robert Heiner
33. Liberté, Egalité--de Féministes! Revealing the Burqa as a Pro-Choice Issue, Amanda Knief
34. Religion, Violence, and Peacemaking, Sharon Erickson Nepstad

Part VIII: Mental Disorders

35. The Medicalization of Deviance, Robert Heiner
36. On Being Sane in Insane Places, David L. Rosenhan
37. There Is No Pathological Test: More on ADHD as Rhetoric, Sarah Schubert, Susan Hansen, and Mark Rapley
38. Schizophrenia in the Third World, Richard Warner
39. The Americanization of Mental Illness, Ethan Watters
40. Penis Panics, Robert Bartholomew

Part IX: A Freedom-Deviance Trade-Off?

41. Lessons in Order, David H. Bayley

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