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Encyclopedia of Social Deviance

Encyclopedia of Social Deviance

Two Volume Set
Edited by:

February 2014 | 864 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Social deviance—any behavior that violates a cultural norm—can involve something as major as crime or as minor as consistently and deliberately wearing lively mismatched socks. Whether a crime, a sin, or simply unique taste, what’s considered deviant at one time and place can change, as when extensive tattooing and "body art" evolved from a sideshow carnival spectacle to a nearly universal rite of passage within U.S. culture.

Drawing contributions from across the social and behavioral sciences, including sociology, anthropology, criminology, politics, psychology, and religion, the Encyclopedia of Social Deviance introduces readers to the lively field of rule-making and rebellion that strikes at the core of what it means to be an individual living in a social world. 

Key Features:

  • More than 300 articles authored by key figures in the field are organized A-to-Z in two volumes. 
  • Each article concludes with cross-references to related entries and further readings. 
  • A thematic “Reader’s Guide” groups related articles by broad areas (e.g., Concepts; Theories; Research Methodologies; Individual Deviance; Organizational Deviance; etc.) as one handy search feature on the e-Reference platform, which also includes a comprehensive index of search terms.

Available in both electronic and print formats, this two-volume, A-to-Z encyclopedia set is a must-have resource for students and researchers who seek to understand social deviance.

Key Themes:

  • Crime, Property
  • Crime, Sex
  • Crime, Violent
  • Crime, White-Collar/Corporate
  • Defining Deviance
  • Deviance in Social Institutions
  • Deviant Subcultures
  • Discrimination
  • Drug Use and Abuse
  • Marriage and Family Deviance
  • Measuring Deviance
  • Mental and Physical Disabilities
  • Methodology for Studying Deviance
  • Self-Destructive Deviance
  • Sexual Deviance
  • Social and Political Protest
  • Social Control and Deviance
  • Studying Deviant Subcultures
  • Technology and Deviance
  • Theories of Deviance, Macro
  • Theories of Deviance, Micro
  • Transitional Deviance

"The 313 entries in this “broad and comprehensive” encyclopedia cover the theory, philosophy, and methodology of social deviance, as well as “substantive topics"… Academic libraries, and some public libraries, would benefit from the information provided here."

M. Schumacher
American Reference Books Annual

"...This work concentrates on substantive and traditionally defined deviant behaviors. Editors Forsyth (Univ. of Louisiana at Lafayette) and Copes (Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham) are well published in the areas of deviance and crime. ... Unlike older works such as the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior (2001), edited by Clifton D. Bryant, which concentrates on the criminal aspects of social deviance, this new volume views the phenomenon in a broader context. Academic libraries will want to add this important set to their collections. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers."
M. Sylvia
St. Mary's University

"A masterful survey of disruptive and aberrant behaviors, this encyclopedia presents comprehensive views on deviance. ...Presentation of complex psychological issues...lists common symptoms, settings, restrains, and punishments. Broader topics...cite numerous examples and subsets as springboards for further research. ...Authors maintain objectivity toward controversial issues without shortchanging readers of full coverage. This admirable, timely set will suit the reference needs of most public and academic libraries."

Mary Ellen Snodgrass

"Forsyth and Copes and 200-plus contributors cover here "any behavior that violates the cultural norm."...The more than 300 entries, which are between one and five pages in length each, are wide ranging...The material is accessible and includes cross-references and suggestions for further reading. ...VERDICT:...this title will work in academic institutions, which will do well to add it to the demand-driven-acquisitions list."

Lura Sanborn
St. Paul's School, Concord, NH
Library Journal

Craig J. Forsyth

Craig J. Forsyth is Professor of Sociology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is the author of more than 200 journal articles and book chapters. His principal research interests are in the areas of deviance and crime. He is the author of The American Merchant Seaman: Struggle and Stigma (Taylor & Francis, 1989) and coauthor (with Anthony Margavio) of Caught in the Net: The Conflict Between Shrimpers and Conservationists (Texas A&M Press, 1996). He is the editor of the journal Deviant Behavior, a position he has held since 1998. He received his PhD in sociology ... More About Author

Heith Copes

Heith Copes is a professor in the Department of Justice Sciences at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from The University of Tennessee. His primary interests lie in understanding the decision making process and identity construction of offenders. He is the author of the monograph, Identity Thieves: Motives and Methods (2012, Northeastern University Press). More About Author

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