October 2009, Polity
At its core this book looks at who becomes deviant and why. It delves into the multiple motives that cause rule breakers to behave badly, at least in the eyes of those they offend, and it reveals the way deviants think about their actions, their moral identity and their fellow moral outcasts.
Chapter 1: What is Deviance?
Chapter 2: Why People Ban Behavior
Chapter 3: Why Some People Break Rules: From Extreme to Mundane Deviance
Chapter 4: Neutralizing Morality and Deviant Motivations
Chapter 5: How People Become Deviants
Chapter 6: Responding to Deviant Designations and Coping with Stigma
Chapter 7: Becoming Normal: The Politics of Stigma
Conclusion: What Can Studying Deviance Do for You?
• In keeping with the ‘Polity Short Introductions' series, written in a story-telling style with interesting anecdotal examples
• Written by a very senior and extremely well-respected figure in the field in the US
• Covers the whole range of what society considers ‘deviant', from sexual identities to criminal behaviour, as well as looking at the mechanics of how labelling deviants is performed and maintained
Peter Adler, University of Denver
"Stuart Henry has done a remarkable job of introducing the student to what is perhaps the most intriguing subject in the undergraduate curriculum - the sociology of deviance. Yes, deviance is alive and well. Pick up this book and read it. It is a brisk, engaging, and informative account of normative violations and their aftermath. Our students will enjoy and learn from it."
Erich Goode, State University of New York at Stony Brook