This text examines the bizarre and the everyday behaviours that some sociologists have labelled ‘deviance'. It outlines the history of sociological thought on deviance and engages with the debate about the ‘death of deviance'. The authors argue it is more useful to talk about rules and rule-breakers than deviance, and relate these ideas to our professional lives, where the idea of deviance continues to be important.
Key issues examined
Sexuality, including paedophilia and female sexual dysfunction
Sanity and madness
Law, justice and the prison system
Terrorism, state crime and cyber-crime
Feminism and post-modernism
Theories of deviance from outside and within sociology
Designed to aid learning
By using topical examples of deviance and social control that students will recognise and connect with, the authors ensure students will engage with the theoretical concepts. Case studies and student exercises enable students to reflect further on their understandings.