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NCJ Number: 118576 Find in a Library
Title: Degrees of Deviance
Editor(s): S Henry
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 129
Sponsoring Agency: Gower Publishing Co
Brookfield, VT 05036
Publication Number: ISBN 0-566-05674-7
Sale Source: Gower Publishing Co
Old Post Road
Brookfield, VT 05036
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Designed to prepare students for concepts of deviancy presented in textbooks, this book presents student accounts of student involvement in various degrees of deviance, as told in their own words.
Abstract: All of the students were attending a Southern, urban university. The accounts were gathered by students in a single semester in 1986 as part of their research for a course on deviant behavior. The book opens with an introductory review of the concepts and theories contained in the social constructionist perspective on deviance, the theoretical stance from which the course was taught. Student descriptions of rule-breaking behavior include married students having affairs, fraternity drinking parties, cocaine dealing, employee theft, self-mutilation, nudism, vegetarianism (alternative lifestyle), and various explosives and weapons activities. Each account addresses the meaning of the deviant activity to the students and describes the students' motives; the excuses and justifications they use to rationalize and explain their behavior; the reactions of other students, parents, and authorities; and the problems students face when they are caught or when they have to manage the stigma of a deviant identity. Common, key themes in the deviant behaviors are outlined in the concluding chapter. 14 recommended readings.
Main Term(s): Deviance
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Employee theft; Mental disorders; Substance abuse in the workplace
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