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Corporate and Governmental Deviance

Problems of Organizational Behavior in Contemporary Society

Sixth Edition

M. David Ermann and Richard J. Lundman

Publication Date - 23 August 2001

ISBN: 9780195135299

352 pages
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

In Stock


For nearly a quarter of a century, Corporate and Governmental Deviance has offered students the most comprehensive examination of the deviant behavior of big business and big government in contemporary society. Now in its sixth edition, this popular and well-respected collection has been thoroughly updated. It features an expanded and insightful introductory essay by the editors that illustrates the issues discussed in the text and establishes a clear framework for the sections that follow. New selections focus on college sports' crippling effect on undergraduate education; the ordinary obedience of a South African police officer and apartheid torturer; and the Los Angeles police department Rampart Division scandal. Also included is new scholarship on the Ford Motor Company Pinto episode and the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster. This new edition reprints classic works from the scholars who first established and explored corporate and governmental deviance, featuring essays by Edward Alsworth Ross, Edwin H. Sutherland, Marshall B. Clinard, Peter C. Yeager, and James S. Coleman. It also retains selections that have captured the attention and imagination of readers of previous editions, exposing students to the very best classic and contemporary material on corporate and governmental deviance. Offering a complete description and careful analysis of the deviant actions of business organizations and governmental agencies, Corporate and Governmental Deviance, 6/e, is intended for courses in sociology, criminal justice, white-collar crime, and business, as well as for courses that focus on social problems, organizations, deviance, and government. It continues to set the standard by which other books on corporate and governmental deviance are judged, providing students with an even more complete, richly detailed appreciation of how and why organizations, not just individuals, commit acts of deviance.

Previous Publication Date(s)

March 1996
April 1992
April 1987

Table of Contents

    1. Corporate and Governmental Deviance: Origins, Patterns, and Reactions, M. David Ermann and Richard J. Lundman
    2. The Criminaloid: An Early Sociologist Examines Deviance by Powerful People and Their Organizations, Edward Alsworth Ross
    3. White Collar Crime: Formulating the Concept and Providing Corporate Crime Baseline Data, Edwin H. Sutherland
    4. Corporate Crime: Clarifying the Concept and Extending the Data, Marshall B. Clinard and Peter C. Yeager
    5. Organizational Actors and the Irrelevance of Persons, James S. Coleman
    6. The Heavy Electrical Equipment Antitrust Cases: Price-Fixing Techniques and Rationalizations, Gilbert Geis
    7. Beer and Circus: Big-Time College Sports and the Crippling of Undergraduate Education, Murray Sperber
    8. Why Should My Conscience Bother Me? Hiding Aircraft Brake Hazards, Kermit Vandivier
    9. The Nazi Holocaust: Using Bureaucracies and Overcoming Psychological Barriers to Genocide, Raul Hilberg
    10. Apartheid Torturer: Evil Shows Its Banal Face, Suzanne Daley
    11. The My Lai Massacre: Crimes of Obedience and Sanctioned Massacres, Herbert C. Kelman and V. Lee Hamilton
    Editors' Introduction
    12. Ten Whistleblowers: What They Did and How They Fared, Myron Peretz Glazer
    13. The Los Angeles Police Department Rampart Division Scandal: Exposing Police Misconduct and Responding to It, The Rampart Independent Review Panel
    14. Chained Factory Fire Exists: Media Coverage of a Corporate Crime That Killed 25 Workers, John P. Wright, Francis T. Cullen, and Michael B. Blankenship
    15. Pinto Madness: Flaws in the Generally Accepted Landmark Narrative, Matthew T. Lee and M. David Ermann
    16. The Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster: Conventional Wisdom and a Revisionist Account, Diane Vaughan
    About the Editors