What is deviance? Who defines what is deviance? What is deviant behavior? Why do some people engage in deviant behavior? How does society respond to deviant behavior? What measures or actions does society use or take to regulate, prevent, and punish deviance? And what are the consequences of these efforts? Are the same behaviors or people considered deviant in all historical errors and in all social contexts?
Deviance: Commonly refers to violations of social norms (including legal norms) but many sociologists reject this behavioral or normative definition of deviance and see deviance instead as simply a label. Deviance in this view is that which we react to, through social control responses, as deviance. Durkheim felt that lack of norms led to deviant behavior.
Deviant behavior usually evokes formal and informal punishment, restrictions, or other controls of society. These formal and informal controls constrain most people to conform to social norms. Despite the social sanctioning and controlling, however, we sometimes observe deviant behavior around us. Then, why do some people engage in such deviant behavior even if social punishments are expected? Sociologists have attempted to explain it in various aspects.
Books On Deviant Behavior
Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance Book by Goode and Ben-Yehuda
Deviance and Social Control in Sport Book by Kevin Young and Michael Atkinson
Constructions of Deviance: Social Power, Context, and Interaction Patricia A. Adler, Peter Adler
On Scandal: Moral Disturbances in Society, Politics and Art (Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences, No. 31) by Ari Adut - "...intellectually worthwhile and entertaining." - Pub. Weekly
Thinking About Deviance: A Realistic Perspective by Paul Higgins
Deviant Behavior (8th Edition) Erich Goode
Deviant Behavior by Edward J. Clarke
Sociology of Deviant Behavior by Marshall B. Clinard and Robert F. Meier
Deviant Behavior: Crime, Conflict, and Interest Groups Charles H. McCaghy, Timothy A. Capron, J. D. Jamieson, and Sandra H Harley Carey
Readings in Deviant Behavior (5th Edition) Alex Thio, Thomas C. Calhoun, Addrain Conyers
Deviance: The Interactionist Perspective (10th Edition) Earl S Rubington, Martin S.Weinberg
Deviance Across Cultures Robert Heiner
Deviance and dynamics of deviant-labeling under Mao
Examples of deviance.
Examples of deviant behaviour.