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Understanding Deviance: A Guide to the Sociology of Crime and Rule-Breaking 7th ed isbn 9780198747345

Understanding Deviance 6th ed

ISBN13: 9780199569830
New Edition ISBN: 9780198747345
Previous Edition ISBN: 9780199278282
Published: March 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

Downes and Rock's popular textbook, Understanding Deviance, provides the reader with an indispensable guide to criminological theory.

It sympathetically outlines the principal theories of crime and rule-breaking, discussing them chronologically, and placing them in their European and North American contexts, confronting major criticisms that have been voiced against them, and constructing defences where appropriate.

The book has been thoroughly revised and brought up-to-date to include new issues of crime, deviance, and theory in the early twenty-first century. It includes new studies in the areas of gang and subcultural theory, further discussion of post-modernism and the 'risk society', and assessment of how different approaches address the lengthy fall in crime rate across most democratic and developed societies.

1: Confusion and diversity
2: Sources of knowledge about deviance
3: The University of Chicago Sociology Department
4: Functionalism, deviance, and control
5: Anomie
6: Culture and subculture
7: Symbolic interactionism
8: Phenomenology
9: Control theories
10: Radical criminology
11: Feminist criminology
12: Deviance theories and social policy
13: The metamorphosis and deviance?;