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David R. Simon earned a PhD in sociology from Rutgers University in 1975, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley's Alcohol Research Group in 1983-1984.
Dr. Simon is the author of Elite Deviance (Tenth Edition 2012) and eight other books. He has also published over 50 scholarly articles, book chapters, and review essays. He has written over a dozen pieces in popular magazines and newspapers. He is currently retired and continues to write books and articles.
Table of Contents
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: Inequality of Wealth, Income and Power
The Relationship Between Wealth and Power
Income and PowerThe 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.
Case Study: The Madoff Scandal
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.