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NCJ Number: 64591 Find in a Library
Title: SOCIAL DEVIANCE - PERSPECTIVES AND PROSPECTS
Author(s): C S SUCHAR
Corporate Author: Holt, Rinehart and Winston
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 303
Sponsoring Agency: Holt, Rinehart and Winston
New York, NY 10017
Sale Source: Holt, Rinehart and Winston
383 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A SOCIOLOGIST TRACES THE HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THOUGHT ON SOCIAL DEVIANCE, WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO EMERGING SUBJECTIVIST PERSPECTIVES.
Abstract: THE BOOK REVIEWS THE ADVANTAGES AND SHORTCOMINGS OF THE LABELING APPROACH TO THE STUDY OF DEVIANCE AND TRACES THE DEVELOPMENT OF CONTENDING PERSPECTIVES IN THE FIELD. SOCIOLOGISTS WHOSE WORKS ARE DESCRIBED AND EXAMINED IN THIS VOLUME INCLUDE BECKER, CICOUREL, GIBBS, GOVE, HIRSCHI, LEMERT, MATZA, MCHUGH, AND DURKHEIM. SOCIAL PATHOLOGY IS EXAMINED, AND DURKHEIM'S INFLUENCE ON OTHER SCHOLARS IN THIS AREA IS EXAMINED. CAUSAL THEORIES OF PREDISPOSITION ARE VIEWED FROM A PRESOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE, TOUCHING ON HOMOSEXUALITY AND DEMONIC POSSESSION, THE MEDICAL MODEL, CRIMINOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY (THE ITALIAN SCHOOL), AND EARLY 20TH CENTURY CONCEPTIONS. SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIES OF PREDISPOSITION INCLUDE ECOLOGICAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC THEORIES, THE AMERICAN STRUCTURAL-FUNCTIONALIST APPROACH, AND THE SOCIAL DISORGANIZATION THEORY. THE VOLUME ALSO COVERS THEORIES OF ACTUALIZATION, EMPHASIZING SUBJECTIVIST SOCIOLOGY; LABELING OF DEVIANT BEHAVIOR (THE NEOSOCIETAL-REACTION PERSPECTIVE); THE SOCIOLOGICAL REACTION TO LABELING, NOTING POLITICAL-IDEOLOGICAL CRITIQUES; AND THE ACTUALIZATION OF DEVIANT BEHAVIOR AND DEVIANCE, ILLUSTRATED BY THE INSTITUTIONAL REACTION TO THE MENTALLY ILL. SELECTED READINGS, AN INDEX, A BIBLIOGRAPHY, FOOTNOTES, CHARTS, AND ACTUAL CASE HISTORIES ARE INCLUDED. (WJR)
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research; Criminality prediction; Deviance; Labeling theory; Nonbehavioral correlates of crime; Problem behavior; Sociology; Sociopaths; Theory
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