Thinking About Deviance, second edition, explores how people participate in and produce the phenomena of deviance. Through nineteen brief and provocative chapters, such as 'Is Deviance Harmful or Helpful?', 'Once Deviant, Always Deviant?', and 'Do You Get the Time Because You Did the Crime?', the book examines how everyone is involved in the many facets of deviance. While a small portion of deviance may seem to be exotic, done by people on the fringe of society, deviance is an integral part of society and of conventional people's lives. By using everyday instances of deviance familiar to college students (such as shoplifting, academic cheating, underage drinking, and smoking) and examples from the media, the book engages readers and enables them to develop more general thinking about deviance. Through an interactive style in which the readers are asked questions and presented with hypothetical and actual situations for their thoughts, the book creates a 'conversation' with the readers. It encourages readers to think about and question deviance, including their participation in and their assumptions about it, in ways they are unlikely to have done before.
Paul Higgins is professor of sociology at University of South Carolina and author of Understanding Deviance. Mitch Mackinem is assistant professor of sociology at Claflin University.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter One: What Is Deviance? Chapter 3 Chapter Two: Who Is Deviant? Chapter 4 Chapter Three: Thinking About Deviance Revised Edition Chapter 5 Chapter Four: What Do We Need To Know To Understand Deviance? Chapter 6 Chapter Five: Is Deviance a Threat to, Or Part of, the Foundation of Social Life? Chapter 7 Chapter Six: It's Disgusting, Isn't It? Chapter 8 Chapter Seven: Is Deviance Harmful Or Helpful? Chapter 9 Chapter Eight: Can Deviance Be Intended To Promote Morality, Not Violate It? Chapter 10 Chapter Nine: Once Deviant, Always Deviant? Chapter 11 Chapter Ten: How Much Deviance Is There? Chapter 12 Chapter Eleven: What Causes People To Commit Deviance? Chapter 13 Chapter Twelve: How Does Meaning Matter In Committing Deviance? Chapter 14 Chapter Thirteen: What Happened? Chapter 15 Chapter Fourteen: What Kind Of Person Is The Offender? Chapter 16 Chapter Fifteen: Images Of Harm Or Harmful Images? Chapter 17 Chapter Sixteen: Who Could Cause Such Harm? Chapter 18 Chapter Seventeen: Do You Get the Time Because You Did The Crime? Chapter 19 Chapter Eighteen: Can We Deal With Deviance Without Discriminating? Chapter 20 Chapter Nineteen: Each Case Of Deviance Is Different, Isn't It? Chapter 21 Chapter Twenty: How Can We Get People To Do What We Want Them to Do? 22 Conclusion