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`This is a wide-ranging and authoritative analysis of sociology's 'state-of-the-art'. It will set the terms of debate for the next decade' - John Urry, Lancaster University, U.K.`The profession of sociology was blessed by abundance of excellent handbooks. The one edited by Craig Calhoun, Christ Rojek and Bryan Turner was preceded by outstanding sociology handbooks, the most eminent ones by Robert Farris and E Lee published in 1964 and a more recent one by Neil Smelser in1988. The volume by Farris and Lee not only served as an introductory text to the discipline, but contained many innovative papers, which re-oriented social research for years to come. Smelser brought together the best possible and most polished overview of the contributions professional sociology at his time. The Calhoun-Rojek-Turner ...

Sociology of Deviance: The Disciplines of Social Exclusion
Sociology of deviance: The disciplines of social exclusion
Introduction: Deviance as a Field of Sociological Study

This chapter interprets recent thinking about deviance in Western Europe and the United States in its relation to the social changes in the last 20 years of the twentieth century. The last two decades of a century of counter-Enlightenment marked a distinctive phase of economic and social development. The predominant Fordist mode of production, which mostly meant lifting all obstacles to consumerism, hedonism, individualism and informality, has been supplanted by globalization, neoliberalism and the service- or knowledge-economy The new formation includes a new praxis of politics with (and concomitant knowledge about) deviance. The sociology of deviance is an adaptive or oppositional part of ...

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