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Deviance and Identity

By John Lofland

Deviance and Identity
Paperback, 362 pages £37.00
Published: 2002
ISBN: 9780971242791
Format: 232mm x 202mm
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Subjects: Eliot Werner Publications, Sociology
Series: EWP Foundations of Sociology

The sociology of deviance was in its heyday when Prentice-Hall published this book in 1969. John Lofland traces the field from pre-World War II to the late sixties and pioneers the application of 'grounded theory' to the study of deviant behavior. In his new prologue, Joel Best writes, 'More than thirty years after the book first appeared, we have no better synthesis of the labeling approach.'

From the Prologue to the Percheron Press Edition:

'In 1969 John Lofland sought to organize the sociology of deviance.  He presented a synthesis, a framework, and invited sociologists to evaluate it. That invitation still stands and it deserves to be accepted.'

Prologue to the Percheron Press Edition, Joel Best

1. Introduction: Ideological Matters

2. Introduction: Logical Matters

I. The Deviant Act

3. The Defensive Deviant Act: Threat and Encapsulation

4. The Defensive Deviant Act: Closure

5. The Adventurous Deviant Act

II. The Assumption of Deviant Identity

6. Social Identification as Pivotally Deviant

7. Escalation to Deviant Identity: Others and Places

8. Escalation to Deviant Identity: Hardware and Actor

III. The Assumption of Normal Identity

9. Social Identification as Pivotally Normal

10. Escalation to Normal Identity: Others and Places

11. Escalation to Normal Identity: Hardware and Actor

12. Concluding Remarks

Bibliographic Index

[A]n attempt to systematize, elaborate, and extend—occasionally with insight and imagination—the concepts generated by Goffman’s sociology of everyday life. (John I. Kitsuse, American Sociological Review)

'At a time when the field of deviance is being flooded by redundant books of readings, it is most refreshing to encounter a theoretically oriented work which attempts to bring together and synthesize some of the currently popular literature in this area.' (Steven G. Lubeck, Social Forces)

'[B]elong[s] to a current and dominant trend in modern sociology which places deviance in its natural and total cultural context.' (Marvin K. Opler, American Journal of Sociology)

John Lofland, University of California, Davis, Davis, California


Joel Best, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware (new prologue)

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 362 pages
 232mm x 202mm

BIC Code:
 Eliot Werner Publications


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