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Deviance Across Cultures

Constructions of Difference

Second Edition

Robert Heiner

Publication Date - October 2013

ISBN: 9780199973521

432 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

The only social constructionist, cross-cultural deviance reader on the market


Are "deviant" and "criminal" behaviors inherently wrong or evil? Taking an innovative cross-cultural approach, Deviance Across Cultures: Constructions of Difference, Second Edition, spans the globe to give instructors and students an invaluable--and affordable--resource for investigating the social construction of deviance. From studies on sex and drugs to examinations of religious and corporate deviance, this anthology responds to the growing need for global learning in deviance studies.

New to this Edition

  • * Includes introductory essays to each main section of the book, as well as brief introductions to each article
  • * Discussion questions follow each article, encouraging critical thinking and conversation
  • * Over forty articles, including twenty-one new readings that address such topics as criminality and economic conditions, the medicalization of deviance, drug use, and drug scares
  • * An increased focus on methods, including a new section of readings on "Studying Deviance"

About the Author(s)

Robert Heiner is Professor of Sociology at Plymouth State University. He is the author or editor of several books, including Social Problems: An Introduction to Critical Constructionism, Fourth Edition (OUP, 2012), and Conflicting Interests: Readings in Social Problems and Inequality (OUP, 2009).

Previous Publication Date(s)

October 2013
September 2007


"The advantage of this book is the comparative angle, and adding more selections improves its appeal. This approach has immense potential."--Phillip W. Davis, Georgia State University

"The last time I taught Deviance I used the first edition of this book. My students loved it. I like it because the articles are very current, and because of the cross-cultural focus. This text generates discussions, curiosity and explorations into the variety of ways groups can create reality. I will adopt the new edition."--Kim Fendley, Shenandoah University

"Reading about Deviance should be a fascinating experience, it should immediately grab students' attention, stimulate their interest and make their jaws drop a bit. I believe the readings in the new edition will do just that."--Risa Garelick, Northern Arizona University

"This book's greatest contribution is its emphasis on cross-cultural studies of deviance. No other undergraduate-level deviance textbook utilizes this approach."'--Nicholas L. Parsons, Eastern Connecticut State University

Table of Contents

    Part I: Explaining Deviance

    1. The Normal and the Pathological, Emile Durkheim
    2. On the Sociology of Deviance, Kai T. Erikson
    3. Social Structure and Anomie, Robert K.. Merton
    4. Techniques of Neutralization, Gresham M. Sykes and David Matza
    5. A Control Theory of Delinquency, Travis Hirschi
    6. Conceptions of Deviant Behavior: The Old and the New, Jack P. Gibbs
    7. Definition and the Dramatization of Evil, Frank Tannenbaum
    8. The Search for Scapegoat Deviants, Jeffery S. Victor
    9. Criminality and Economic Conditions, Willem Bonger
    10. The Implicit Ideology of Criminal Justice, Jeffrey Reiman

    Part II: Studying Deviance

    11. Caught up in the Cult Wars: Confessions of a Canadian Researcher, Susan J. Palmer
    12. Sex in Boxes, Elizabeth Pisani
    13. Cross-Cultural and Historical Methodology, Robert Heiner

    Part III: Moral Panics

    14. The Classic Moral Panic: The Mods and the Rockers, Kenneth Thompson
    15. The Devil Goes to Day Care: McMartin and the Making of a Moral Panic, Mary deYoung
    16. Crime Scares, Robert Heiner

    Part IV: Sex and Sexuality

    17. The Cochón and the Hombre-Hombre in Nicaragua, Roger N. Lancaster
    18. Women in Lesotho and the (Western) Construction of Homophobia, Kathryn Kendall
    19. Multiple Genders among North American Indians, Serena Nanda
    20. Prostitution and the Status of Women in South Korea, Robert Heiner
    21. Sexual Tourism and Social Panics: Research and Intervention in Rio de Janeiro, Ana Paula da Silva and Thaddeus Gregory Blanchette
    22. The Nudist Management of Respectability, Martin S. Weinberg

    Part V: Drugs

    23. Customs, Cultures and the Experience of Intoxication, Angus Bancroft
    24. The Social Construction of Drug Scares, Craig Reinarman
    25. Rx Drugs, 60 Minutes
    26. Healthy Nightclubs And Recreational Substance Use: From A Harm Minimization To A Healthy Settings Approach, Mark A. Bellis, Karen Hughes, and Helen Lowey
    27. A Cold of the Soul: A Japanese Case of Disease Mongering in Psychiatry, Hiroshi Ihara

    Part VI: State, Corporate and Occupational Deviance

    28. Corporate Crime and "Higher Immorality", Victor E. Kappeler and Gary W. Potter
    29. Performing Bribery in China: Guanxi-Practice, Corruption with a Human Face, Ling Li
    30. The Cunning of History: The Holocaust and the American Future, Richard L. Rubenstein
    31. Corporate Violence and the Banality of Evil, Stuart L. Hills

    Part VII: Religion and Deviance

    32. Nones on the Run: Evangelical Heathens in the Deep South, Robert Heiner
    33. Liberté, Egalité--de Féministes! Revealing the Burqa as a Pro-Choice Issue, Amanda Knief
    34. Religion, Violence, and Peacemaking, Sharon Erickson Nepstad

    Part VIII: Mental Disorders

    35. The Medicalization of Deviance, Robert Heiner
    36. On Being Sane in Insane Places, David L. Rosenhan
    37. There Is No Pathological Test: More on ADHD as Rhetoric, Sarah Schubert, Susan Hansen, and Mark Rapley
    38. Schizophrenia in the Third World, Richard Warner
    39. The Americanization of Mental Illness, Ethan Watters
    40. Penis Panics, Robert Bartholomew

    Part IX: A Freedom-Deviance Trade-Off?

    41. Lessons in Order, David H. Bayley