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Deviant Behavior


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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

1 Introducing Deviance

2 Explaining Deviant Behavior

3 Constructing Deviance

4 Poverty and Disrepute

5 Crime and Criminalization

6 Criminal Behavior

7 White Collar, Corporate, and Global Malfeasance

8 Substance Abuse

9 Sexual Deviance

10 Unconventional Beliefs

11 Mental Disorder

12 Deviant Physical Characteristics

13 Tribal Stigma: Race, Religion, and Ethnicity


About the Author

Erich Goode is Sociology Professor Emeritus at Stony Brook University. He has taught at a half-dozen universities and is the author of twelve books, including The Taming of New York's Washington Square and Drugs in American Society. Goode has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and several teaching awards. He lives in New York City, which provides ample strategic research sites for his interests.


Erich Goode is clearly a master when it comes to textbooks on deviance. This new edition presents a complete, comparative, and comprehensive view of what the sociology of deviance is all about, providing a definite positive reading and learning experience. Erich contextualizes a large number of illustrative cases with a thorough examination of the various theories and concepts that enable us a better comprehension of deviance within relevant sociological perceptions. Thus, readers are taken to an illuminating, engaging, and easy to read and understand tour-de-force of the multiple and various manifestations of deviance, and why they take place. This edition offers a text that is both rich in descriptions and analysis, suggesting many insights but most of all, it will make you think.
Nachman Ben-Yehuda, co-author of Fraud and Misconduct in Research; Professor of Sociology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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