Deviant Behavior

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  • Edition: 10th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-02-15
  • Publisher: Pearson
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This best-selling text offers comprehensive coverage of all aspects of deviance and is noted for its blend of style and substance. Deviant Behaviorcovers a wide spectrum of theories of deviance, and analyzes numerous specific deviant behaviors. The author uses an abundance of research data, including many that debunk our common assumptions about deviant behavior. Students are exposed to the full range of theories and data about deviance, and are challenged to think about and evaluate their own biases and preconceptions.

Author Biography

Alex Thio is Professor of Sociology at Ohio University. Born of Chinese parentage in Penang, Malaysia, he grew up in a multicultural environment. He acquired fluency in Mandarin (modern standard Chinese), Malay, and Indonesian. He also picked up a smattering of English and Dutch. He took French and German in high school and college.


Professor Thio attended primary school in Malaysia and high school in Indonesia. He then came to the United States and worked his way through Central Methodist College in Missouri, where he majored in social sciences. Later, he studied sociology as a graduate student at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and he completed his doctorate while working as a research and teaching assistant.


Professor Thio regularly teaches courses in deviance, introductory sociology, social problems, and criminology. In addition to teaching, he enjoys writing. He is the author of the Sociology: A Brief Introduction , Society: Myths and Realities (Penguin Academic), and Deviant Behavior .

Table of Contents

Brief Table of Contents
Perspectives and Theories
What Is Deviant Behavior?
Positivist Theories
Constructionist Theories
Interpersonal Violence
Physical Violence
Rape and Child Molestation
Family Violence
Self-Destructive Deviance
Mental Disorder
Diverse Lifestyles
Heterosexual Deviance
Gays and Other Victims of Stigma
Substance Use and Abuse
Drug Use
Drinking and Alcoholism
Inequality in Deviance
Privileged Deviance
Underprivileged Deviance
Cyberspace: Wild Frontier
Internet Deviance
Comprehensive Table of Contents
Perspectives and Theories
What Is Deviant Behavior?
Conflicting Definitions
The Positivist Perspective
The Constructionist Perspective
An Integrated View
A Word about Deviance and Crime
Positivist Theories Anomie-Strain Theory
Social Learning Theory
Control Theory
Constructionist Theories
Labeling Theory
Phenomenological Theory
Conflict Theory
Interpersonal Violence
Physical Violence Assault and Aggravated Assault
Who Is More Likely to Kill?
Patterns of Killing Characteristics of Homicide
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