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In this Second Edition of his investigation into the relative nature of social deviance and how the public perceives it, author John Curra demonstrates that what qualifies as deviance varies from place to place, time to time, and situation to situation. Through thought-provoking examples that include the blue people of Kentucky, a woman who believes she is a vampire, autoerotic asphyxiators, and others, Curra illustrates that deviance cannot be explained in terms of absolutes, nor can it be understood apart from its social setting. This insightful book approaches sex, violence, theft, suicide, drugs, and mental disorders in such a way that definitive or objective judgments become impossible.

The Dynamic Nature of Deviance
The dynamic nature of deviance
Introduction: Kids, Crocodiles, and Social Control

On January 2, 2004, Steve Irwin, crocodile hunter, snake wrangler, television personality, and naturalist, brought his 1-month-old son into a crocodile pen at Australian Zoo in Brisbane. He held his son in his left arm and a dead chicken in his right hand. While his wife, visitors to the zoo, and a camera crew looked on, Irwin extended the chicken to a 13-foot crocodile. The reptile lunged forward, snapped its massive jaws shut on the chicken, and ate the food. With his son held tightly in his arm, Irwin jumped safely away from the hungry reptile. While the Irwins looked at the stunt as inconsequential, nothing more than a crocodile-feeding debut ...

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