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Constructions of Deviance With Infotrac: Social Power, Context, and Interaction [Paperback]

Patricia A. Adler , Peter Adler


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July 2002 0534553796 978-0534553791 4th Revised edition
This text is the industry standard for publishing the most recent and relevant articles in the field. It demonstrates to students how the concepts and theories of deviance can be applied to the world around them. The authors include both theoretical analyses and ethnographic illustrations of how deviance is socially constructed, organized, and managed. The Adlers challenge the reader to see the diversity and pervasiveness of deviance in society by covering a wide variety of deviant acts represented throughout the text. Most importantly, the Adlers present deviance as a component of society and examine the construction of deviance in terms of differential social power, whereby some members of society have the power to define other whole groups as "deviant." The book takes an "interactionist" or "constructionist" perspective on deviance, looking at the processes in society that create deviance. The authors have selected studies that are ethnographic in character, focusing on the experiences of deviants, the deviant-making process, and the ways in which people who are labeled as deviant in society react to that label.

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Patricia A. Adler received her doctorate from the University of California, San Diego and is now a Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado. She has written and taught in the areas of deviance, drugs in society, and the sociology of children.

Peter Adler received his doctorate from the University of California, San Diego, and is now a Professor of Sociology at the University of Denver, where he served as Chair from 1987 to 1993. His research interests include social psychology, qualitative methods and the sociology of sport and leisure.

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