The Relativity of Deviance 5th Edition by John O. Curra, ISBN-13: 978-1544309224


The Relativity of Deviance 5th Edition by John O. Curra, ISBN-13: 978-1544309224

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  • Publisher: ‎ SAGE Publications, Inc; 5th edition (November 26, 2019)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 408 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1544309228
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1544309224

The Relativity of Deviance is a primer on the constructivist perspective on deviance–the idea that deviance cannot be explained in terms of absolutes, nor can it be understood apart from its social setting. It explores some of the most frequent contexts for deviant behavior in ways that challenge definitive or objective judgments.

Table of Contents:

PrefaceChapter 1 The Dynamic Nature of Deviance Being Left in a Right World Relationships and Rule Breaking Sociological Relativity The Social Construction of Reality Theoretical Views: The Old and the Not-So-Old Relativity and Social Deviance Whose Side Are We On? Conclusions ReferencesChapter 2 Being Deviant The Original Blue Man (and Woman) Group Being and Doing Deviance and Responsibility The Social Construction of Spoiled Identities Managing Stigma Conclusions ReferencesChapter 3 Power, Social Networks, and Organizational Deviance Power Corrupts, and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely The Carrier’s Case: Other People’s Belongings and the Crime of Theft White-Collar Crime and Elite Deviance The Relativity of Terrorism Conclusions ReferencesChapter 4 Mental Disorders Medicalization on 34th Street The Medicalization Process Manufacturing Madness Mental Health Buccaneers and Social Control Sense and Nonsense in the Psychiatric Enterprise Meltdown in the DSM Conclusions ReferencesChapter 5 Predatory Violence The Social Construction of Murder and Violence Arbitrary Meanings Patterned Violence Vocabularies of Motive and Interpersonal Accounts The Curious Case of Jack the Ripper Variable Violence: When Killing is Not Murder? Conclusions ReferencesChapter 6 Sexual Violence Defining Rape The Symbolic Organization of Sexual Violence Rape and Social Conflict Rape Scenes Normalizing Sexual Violence The Rape of Males Conclusions ReferencesChapter 7 Suicide Social Frames and Definitions of the Situation The Meanings of Suicide The Curious Case of Autoerotic Asphyxiation Sociocultural Variations in Suicide: Motive, Intent, and Interpretation Suicide, Stigma, and Responsibility Conclusions ReferencesChapter 8 Sexual Diversity Sex, Gender, and Sexuality Sexuality: A Sociocultural Understanding The Curious Case of the Berdache Sexual Differentiation and Sexual Asymmetry The Myth of the Universal Turn-On Sexual Politics and the Transformation of Intimacy Deviantizing Sexual Matters Conclusions ReferencesChapter 9 Drugs and Drug Taking The Social Reality of Drug Use Getting Stoned in the Animal Kingdom Imprecise Definitions and Arbitrary Meanings The Social Dynamics of Human Drug-Taking Experiences Moral Entrepreneurs and Drug Crusades Conclusions ReferencesIndexAbout the Author

John Curra (PhD, Purdue University) is a professor at Eastern Kentucky University where he has taught courses in introductory sociology, social deviance, criminology, sociological analysis, social problems, social psychology, juvenile delinquency, and criminological theory since 1975. He has taught. In 1981, he received the prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. In 2005–2007, he was selected as a Foundation Professor, one of the highest honors a professor can receive at Eastern Kentucky University. In 2012, Curra moved to the Department of Criminal Justice in the School of Justice Studies. That same year, he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by the Department of Criminal Justice in the College of Justice and Safety. Curra has authored or co-authored several texts, an instructor’s manual, and a reader.

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