9780761907787

The Relativity of Deviance

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  • ISBN13:

    9780761907787

  • ISBN10:

    0761907785

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-08-04
  • Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc

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Summary

Exploring the meanings of social deviance and the public reaction to it, this clear and cogent book shows that what qualifies as deviance varies according to place, time and situation. The author demonstrates that deviance cannot be explained in terms of absolutes, nor can it be understood apart from its setting.

Table of Contents

Preface viii
The Dynamic Nature of Deviance
1(20)
Introduction: Understanding Social Deviance
1(1)
Being Centered: Egocentricity and Ethnocentricity
2(2)
The Symbolic Organzation of Human Experience
4(1)
Ideal Culture
5(2)
The Social Construction of Reality
7(1)
Theoretical Views: The Old and the Not-So-Old
8(4)
Relativity and Social Deviance
12(4)
Summary and Conclusions
16(5)
Being Deviant
21(18)
Introduction: Status and Stigma
21(1)
Personal Appearance and the Sociocultural Matrix
22(4)
The Social Construction of Spoiled Identities
26(6)
Square Pegs and Round Holes: Eccentrics and Eccentricities
32(4)
Summary and Conclusions
36(3)
Sexual Diversity
39(22)
Introduction: Pigeonholing People
39(1)
The Curious Case of the Berdache
40(2)
The Evolutionary Setting of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality
42(2)
Sexual Differentiation and the Double Standard
44(2)
Sexuality---A Sociocultural Understanding
46(2)
The Myth of the Universal Turn-On
48(4)
In the Eyes of the Beholder: Attacking Autostimulation
52(3)
Maligning Menstruation---The Curse of the Cursed Curse
55(2)
Summary and Conclusions
57(4)
The Relativity of Predatory Violence
61(24)
Introduction: The Concept of Murder
61(1)
Violence Is in the Eyes and Actions of the Beholders
62(2)
Arbitrary Definitions
64(1)
Why Is Violence Relative?
65(7)
Variable Violence
72(8)
Summary and Conclusions
80(5)
The Relativity of Sexual Violence
85(20)
Introduction: Ideal Culture and Real Rape
85(3)
The Symbolic Organization of Sexual Violence
88(2)
Rape and Social Conflict
90(2)
Rape Scenes
92(2)
Normative Sexual Violence: Men, Women, and Relationships
94(6)
Summary and Conclusions
100(5)
Suicide
105(22)
Introduction: Organizing the Death Experience
105(1)
Social Frames and the Definition of the Situation
106(1)
The Evolutionary Setting of Suicide
107(1)
The Meaning of Suicide
108(3)
Ambiguity and Suicide: The Curious Case of Autoerotic Asphyxiation
111(1)
Sociocultural Variations in Suicide: Motive, Intent, and Interpretation
112(9)
Assisted Suicide---The Controversy Rages
121(3)
Summary and Conclusions
124(3)
Other People's Belongings
127(22)
Introduction: Take the Money and Run
127(2)
Power Corrupts, and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely
129(1)
The Carrier's Case: Power, Signification, and Theft
130(3)
Avarice, Insensibility, and the Theft of a Neighborhood
133(6)
White-Collar Rule Breaking: Corporate Skullduggery and Political Racketeering
139(6)
Flexible Penalties
145(2)
Summary and Conclusions
147(2)
Drugs and Drug Taking
149(20)
Introduction: The Social Reality of Drug Use
149(1)
Imaging Drugs and Drug Abuse
149(3)
Getting Stoned in the Animal Kingdom
152(1)
Arbitrary Addictions
153(4)
The Unique and Variable Nature of Human Drug-Taking Experiences
157(2)
Moral Entrepreneurs and Drug Crusades
159(7)
Summary and Conclusions
166(3)
The Relativity of Mental Disorders
169(20)
Introduction: Medicalization on 34th Street
169(2)
The Social Nature of Mind
171(2)
The Myth of Mental Illness
173(2)
The Dominion of Psychiatry: Mental Health Buccaneers and Social Control
175(4)
Sense and Nonsense in the Psychiatric Enterprise
179(5)
Summary and Conclusions
184(5)
Afterword 189(2)
Index 191(6)
About the Author 197

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