Deviant Behavior eBook, 12th Edition

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Deviant Behavior eBook, 12th Edition

By Alex Thio, JIm D. Taylor, Martin D. Schwartz
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For courses in Deviance (Sociology).

Explore the origins, causes, and future directions of deviant behavior

Deviant Behavior, 12th Edition puts readers in the driver's seat, letting them see what the experts have to say about the origins, causes, current state, and future directions of deviance. Providing a solid foundation in scientific theories of deviance, the text invites readers to apply theories and research to the most relevant forms of deviant behaviour today, including emerging forms, such as hacktivism and virtual kidnapping. This extensively updated and revised 12th Edition takes a fresh look at time-honored topics, while shining a spotlight on cutting-edge innovations and deviance-related topics on the horizon.

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  • “Global Perspective” sections are found in each deviant behaviour chapter and compare deviance in the United States to deviance in other parts of the world — a critically important approach in the globalisation of our lives and society today. The boxes include such deviances as homicide, homophobia, smoking, drinking, and organised crime.
  • “Social Profile” sections are integrated in each behaviour chapter. Each box spotlights a certain group of deviants, such as suicide bombers, depressed teens, swinging couples, college binge drinkers, and corporate crooks.
  • A new section at the end of each chapter enhances the student and faculty learning environment by providing access to key industry-specific Internet resources (i.e., databases, think tanks, consortiums, and government and private agencies).
  • Real-­life vignettes, critical analyses of theories and data, and student-­oriented examples help lead to greater understanding of the material presented.
  • Chapter 1 (What Is Deviant Behaviour?) discusses the current state of deviance surrounding modern political elections. Additional critical-thinking questions have been added and further readings have been suggested on contemporary topics in deviance.
  • Chapter 2 (Positivist Theories) includes high-profile, mass public shootings, along with updated and expanded theory and research, new recommended readings, and updated critical-thinking questions.
  • Chapter 3 (Constructionist Theories) opens with gaming addiction and gaming-related death. Students are asked to consider the increased influence of technology on social construction and deviance. This chapter includes new research on warrior narratives and stigma management and revisions to evaluating postmodernist, critical, and conflict theory.
  • Chapter 4 (Physical Violence) includes updated data on homicide patterns, school violence, and hate killings. New critical-thinking questions have been added, and suggested readings on global terrorism, genocide hate crimes, and mass murders.
  • Chapter 5 (Sexual Assault and Child Molestation) includes updated data on patterns of rape, gang rape, acquaintance rape, the survivor’s response, women who rape, male peer support theory, and more.
  • Chapter 7 (Suicide) includes new research on groups with higher suicide rates, self-injury, suicide by cop, and updated statistics on suicide rates and methods.
  • Chapter 8 (Mental Disorder) offers an updated look at the categories of deviance. The chapter begins with a vignette about late actress and author Carrie Fisher, and her candid struggle with mental illness. It also includes discussions about the multipath model, statistics on categories of mental illness, additional critical-thinking questions, and further readings.
Table of contents
  • 1. What Is Deviant Behavior?
  • 2. Positivist Theories
  • 3. Constructionist Theories
  • 4. Physical Violence
  • 5. Sexual Assault and Child Molestation
  • 6. Family Violence
  • 7. Suicide and Self-Harm
  • 8. Mental Disorder
  • 9. Heterosexual Deviance
  • 10. Gays and Other Targets of Stigma
  • 11. Internet Deviance
  • 12. Drug Use
  • 13. Drinking and Alcoholism
  • 14. Privileged Deviance
  • 15. Underprivileged Deviance