Justifiable Conduct: Self-Vindication in Memoir

Justifiable Conduct: Self-Vindication in Memoir

By: Erich Goode (author)Paperback

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How memoirs justify deviant behavior from crime to sex to politics

About Author

Erich Goode is Sociology Professor Emeritus at Stony Brook University. He has published ten books including Moral Panics (coauthored with Nachman Ben-Yehuda), The Paranormal, Deviant Behavior, and Drugs in American Society; seven anthologies; and articles that have appeared in magazines, newspapers, and an array of academic journals. He is a Guggenheim fellowship recipient, and he has taught at half a dozen universities, including the University of Maryland, New York University, and the University of North Carolina.


Preface Acknowledgments 1 Introduction Charles Van Doren, "Herb Stempel Was the First to Agree to the Fix" Jim Bouton, "If We Explain We're Shooting Beaver, They'll Understand" The Transgressive I, the Exculpatory Account 2 Autobiography and Memoir Memoir and Autobiography The Memoir Explosion Literal Facticity: Does It Matter? James Frey, "I Honestly Have No Idea" 3 Autonarrating Transgression The "I" and the "Me" Vocabularies of Motive Is to Explain to Condone? The Presentation of Self Accounts Techniques of Neutralization: Theory or Concept? To Whom Are Self-Exculpations Addressed? In Sum: Neutralizing Deviance 4 Criminal Behavior Joe Bonanno, "This Is How I Earned My Living" Edward Bunker, "What Else Could I Do?" Jack Henry Abbott, "If You Behave like a Man, You Are Doomed" Jordan Belfort, "$12.5 Million! In Three Minutes!" Accounting for Crime 5 Substance Abuse Pete Hamill, "This Is What Men Do" Susan Cheever, "Drinking Was Part of Our Heritage" Steve Geng, "I Was Romanticizing Lives of Crime" William Cope Moyers, "I Was Doomed to Fail No Matter How Hard I Tried" Accounting for Substance Abuse 6 Sexual Transgressions Roman Polanski, "Everyone Wants to Fuck Young Girls" Kerry Cohen, "My Parade of Boys Continues" Melissa Febos, "I Took Aim and Flicked the Whip toward Him" Kirk Read, "I Wanted to Be Shirley Temple" Accounting for Sexual Transgressions 7 Political Deviance Elia Kazan, "I Was Notorious, an Informant, a Squealer, a Rat" Norman Podhoretz, "The Theory Circulated That I Had Gone Mad" Malcolm X, "I Never Have Felt That I Would Live to Become an Old Man" Cathy Wilkerson, "The Intention Was Not to Cause Carnage but Chaos" Accounting for Political Transgressions 8 Accounting for Deviance How They Account for Themselves Searching for Common Threads Looking Back Reference Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781439910269
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781439910269
  • ISBN10: 143991026X

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