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Deviance and Social Control

Deviance and Social Control
A Sociological Perspective

March 2012 | 648 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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Deviance and Social Control: A Sociological Perspective serves as a guide to students delving into the fascinating world of deviance for the first time, offering clear overviews of issues and perspectives in the field as well as introductions to classic and current academic literature.

The unique text/reader format provides the best of both worlds, offering both substantial original chapters that give an overview of the field and the theories, as well as carefully selected articles on deviance and social control taken directly from leading academic journals and books.

This groundbreaking text is framed within and written entirely from a sociological perspective, explaining the development of major sociological theoretical perspectives and detailing how those theories have been used to think about the causes of and reactions to deviant behavior. In contrast to other resources on deviance this book is primarily organized around theories and perspectives of deviance rather than types of deviant behavior or a singular approach to understanding deviance. While taking a broad sociological perspective, the authors move beyond theory by including additional sections focused on researching deviance, social control of deviance, and deviant careers.

1: Introduction
Miner, Horace. 1956. "Body Ritual Among the Nacirema." American Anthropologist 58 (3): 503-507.

Hills, Stuart L. 1977. "The Mystification of Social Deviance." Crime & Delinquency 23: 417 - 426.

Short Jr., James F and Robert F. Meier. 1981. "Criminology and the Study of Deviance." American Behavioral Scientist 24: 462 - 478.

Wahrman, Ralph. 2010. "Status, Deviance, and Sanctions: A Critical Review." Small Group Research 41: 91-105.

How to Read a Research Article
2. The Diversity of Deviance
Reiling, Denise M. 2002. “The ‘Simmie’ Side of Life: Old Order Amish Youths’ Affective Response to Culturally Prescribed Deviance.” Youth & Society, 34(2): 146-171.

Kokaliari, Efrosini and Joan Berzoff. 2008. “Nonsuicidal Self-Injury Among Nonclinical College Women: Lessons from Foucault.” Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 23(3): 259-269.

Bandura, Albert, Gian-Vittorio Caprara and Laszlo Zsolnai. 2000. “Corporate Transgressions through Moral Disengagement.” Journal of Human Values, 6(1): 57- 64.

3. Researching Deviance
Patchin, Justin W. and Sameer Hinduja. 2006. Bullies Move Beyond the Schoolyard: A Preliminary Look at Cyberbullying. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice 4: 148-169

Ayella, Marybeth. 1990. “They Must Be crazy”: Some of the Difficulties in Researching “Cults”. American Behavioral Scientist, 33: 562- 577.

Part Two: Traditional Approaches to Studying Deviance

4. Anomie/Strain Theory
Mestrovic, Stepan G. and Ronald Lorenzo. 2008. “Durkheim's Concept of Anomie and the Abuse at Abu Ghraib.” Journal of Classical Sociology 8(2): 179-207.

Murphy, Daniel S. and Mathew B. Robinson. 2008. “The Maximizer: Clarifying Merton's Theories of Anomie and Strain.” Theoretical Criminology 12(4): 501-521.

5. Social Disorganization Theory
Silver, Eric. 2001. “Neighborhood Social Disorganization as a Cofactor in Violence among People with Mental Disorders.” International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 45, 403-406.

O’Shea, Timothy C. 2006. “Physical Deterioration, Disorder, and Crime.” Criminal Justice Policy Review. 17: 173-187

Gracia, Enrique and Juan Herrero. Perceived Neighborhood Social Disorder and Attitudes toward Reporting Domestic Violence against Women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence 22: 737

6. Differential Association and Social Learning Theory
Sellers, Christine, John Cochran, and Kathryn Branch. 2005. “Social Learning Theory and Partner Violence: A Research Note.”

Skinner, William F. and Anne M. Fream. 1997. “A Social Learning Theory Analysis of Computer Crime among College Students.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 34 (4): 495-518

Lanza-Kaduce, Lonn, Michael Capece and Helena Alden. 2006. “Liquor is Quicker: Gender and Social Learning Among College Students.” Criminal Justice Policy Review, 17 ( 2): 127-143

7. Social Control Theories of Deviance
Cohen, Ben-Zion. 1999. “Social Control, Delinquency, and Victimization among Kibbutz Adolescents.” International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 43: 503-513.

Veenstra, Rene, Siegwart Lindenberg, Frank Tinga, and Johan Ormel. 2010. “Truancy in late elementary and early secondary education: The influence of social bonds and self-control – the TRAILS study.” International Journal of Behavioral Developmen

Harris, Lloyd C and Alexia Dumas. 2009. “Online consumer misbehavior:

Part Three: Social Constructionist Approaches to Studying Deviance
8. Labeling Theory
Chambliss, William J. 1973. “The Roughnecks and the Saints.” Society, November/December: 24-31.

Rosenhan, David L. 1973. “On Being Sane in Insane Places.” Science 179: 250-258.

Lefkowitz, Bernard. 1997. “Introduction.” Our Guys. New York: Vintage Books, pp. 3- 10.

9. Marxist/Conflict Theories of Deviance
Marx, Karl and Frederick Engles. 1848. The Communist Manifesto. Many editions. Many publishers.

Dubois, W.E.B. 1901. “The Spawn of Slavery: The Convict-Lease System in the South.” The Missionary Review of the World 14: 737-745

Gabbidon, Shaun L. 2003. “Racial Profiling by Store Clerks and Personnel in Retail Establishments: An Exploration of ‘Shopping While Black’.” Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 19(3): 345- 364.

Lersch, Kim Michelle and Joe R. Feagin. 1996. “Violent Police-Citizen Encounters: An Analysis of Major Newspaper Accounts.” Critical Sociology 22: 29-49.

10. Critical Theories of Deviance
Radosh, Polly F. 2002. “Reflections on Women’s Crime and Mothers in Prison: A Peacemaking Approach.” Crime and Delinquency 48: 300-316.

Thapar-Björkert, Suruchi and Karen J. Morgan. 2010. “’But Sometimes I Think… They Put Themselves in the Situation’: Exploring Blame and Responsibility in Interpersonal Violence,” Violence Against Women, 16(1): 32-59.

Romero, Mary. 2006. “Racial Profiling and Immigration Law Enforcement: Rounding Up of Usual Suspects in the Latino Community,” Critical Sociology, 32: 447-473.

Part Four: Responses to Deviance
11. Social Control of Deviance
Goffman, Alice. 2009. “On the Run: Wanted Men in a Philadelphia Ghetto.” American Sociological Review 74:339-357.

Inderbitzin, Michelle. 2006. “Lessons from a Juvenile Training School.”

Pager, Devah and Lincoln Quillian. 2005. “Walking the Talk? What Employers Say Versus What They Do.” American Sociological Review 70: 355-380.

12. Deviant Careers and Career Deviance
Sanders, Teela. 2007. “Becoming an Ex-Sex Worker: Making Transitions out of a Deviant Career”. Feminist Criminology 2:74- 95.

Sharpe, Susan F. and Trina L. Hope. 2001. “The Professional Ex— Revisited: Cessation or Continuation of a Deviant Career” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 30: 678-703.

Darmon, Muriel. 2009. “The Fifth Element: Social Class and the Sociology of Anorexia.” Sociology 43: 717-733


The textbook's organization around the various theoretical outlooks within the study of deviance fits with my course objectives and my teaching philosophy. One big positive is that it's approachable for those students who don't already have a strong background in sociology. One negative is that it's perhaps a little too light on the original scholarship. In my view, nothing can substitute for reading even snippets of the foundational works. (I'm looking at you, Durkheim.) So I'll need to supplement the textbook with book chapters and articles to ratchet up the difficulty level a bit, but this textbook's hybrid format allows for that to happen in a relatively straightforward manner.

Mr Nathan Lindstedt
Sociology Dept, Washington State Univ-Pullman
June 13, 2016

Deviance and Social Control covers all the major themes for studying crime in A Level Sociology. It offers students the opportunity for in-depth analysis of key terms and theories, providing a wealth information within the area of crime and deviance.

The layout of the book is outstanding, covering themes in a logical and and easy to understand way. The book uses examples to make the content easier to understand, making it ideal for all levels of study.

All major sociological theories and themes are explored, including structural functionalism, Marxism, labelling and social learning theories. Despite the comprehensive exploration of theory, the book could be improved with more focus on patterns of crime, including social class, gender and ethnicity.

This book is highly recommended as a useful addition, providing students with enough detail and examples, in a clear and concise way.

Mr Gavin Hatton
Sociology , St David's College
September 30, 2015

I have not read it yet and am waiting for course approval

Professor Jane Nichols
Rehabilitation Institute, Southern Illinois University
November 10, 2014

I liked the content the text covers in relation to deviance and social control. The authors touch on all of the major theories. It also does a nice job of integrating the readings with the content of the chapters. This text makes it easy to relate what students are learning to real world examples. I particularly enjoyed how the text also provides both the positive and negative critiques of the theories presented.

Professor Carin Benning
Sociology Anthropology Dept, Wright State University
August 27, 2014

Excellent overview of topic. I like the fact that it not only has regular Chapters with the necessary information, but each Chapter also includes several articles that are relevant to the information in that specific Chapter.

Professor Michael A DiBrizzi
Criminal Justice, Montana State Univ-Northern
January 22, 2014

I like the organization and coverage of the material. The approach of examining different theoretical explanations of deviancy makes sense and fits with my syllabus/course learning goals. The text has a good selection of readings, plus vocabulary lists and suggested exercises. It's up to date.

Mr Marc Tumeinski
Sociology Dept, Worcester State College
October 29, 2013

The text is a combination text and reader. I find this invaluable as it means students only need one text instead of multiple. Additionally, it is well-written, covers a wide array of topics, and is the best text that I found on the market for a deviance class.

Dr Amy Grau
History, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Eastern New Mexico University
October 17, 2013

Excellent presentation of the theoretical developments in social control. Learners interested not only in penology and criminal studies, but also engaged in advocacy will benefit greatly from this text.

Mr Elias Ortega-Aponte
Graduate Division of Religion, Drew University
October 15, 2013

This book would be a valuable resource for students delving into deviance and social control for the first time, with clear overviews and perspective and no nonsense introductions to current and classic academic literature.

Mrs Sarah Watson
Criminology, Coventry University
October 14, 2013

Decided to go with a reader

Mr Adrian Jones
Sociology Dept, Kent State University
September 21, 2013

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Michelle Lee Inderbitzin

Michelle Inderbitzin primarily studies prison culture, juvenile justice, and transformative education. She is co-editor of the book The Voluntary Sector in Prisons: Encouraging Personal and Institutional Change, and she won the American Society of Criminology Teaching Award in 2017. Dr. Inderbitzin earned her PhD in sociology from the University of Washington and has been a faculty member at Oregon State University since 2001. Along with her on-campus classes on crime and deviance, she regularly teaches classes and volunteers in Oregon’s maximum-security prison for men and state youth correctional facilities. More About Author

Kristin A. Bates

Kristin A. Bates is a professor of criminology and justice studies in the Department of Sociology at California State University San Marcos. Her research focuses on racial, ethnic, and gender inequality in criminal justice policies. She is currently involved in a study examining the community impact of civil gang injunctions. She is co-editor of the book Through the Eye of Katrina: Social Justice in the United States, as well as co-author of Juvenile Delinquency in a Diverse Society, both in their second editions. Dr. Bates earned her PhD in sociology from the University of Washington in 1998. More About Author

Randy R. Gainey

Randy R. Gainey is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University. His research focuses on sentencing decisions, alternatives to incarceration, and neighborhood characteristics and crime. He is co-author of two other books: Family Violence and Criminal Justice: A Life-Course Approach, now in its third edition, and Drugs and Policing. His articles have recently appeared in Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Theoretical Criminology, The Prison Journal, The Journal of Criminal Justice, and The Journal of Crime and Justice. Dr. Gainey earned his PhD in sociology in 1995 at the University of Washington. More About Author

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