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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.

Sexual Violence
Sexual violence
Introduction: Cultural Scripts and Forcible Rape

Violence against women, done mostly by males, is little different from any type of predatory violence. Most everything that was discussed in Chapter 5 can be used to help make sense of sexual violence, too. So, why include a chapter about sexual violence when no separate chapters are included about racial violence, ethnic violence, youth violence, environmental violence, domestic violence, and so on? The answer is that females are frequent victims of violence, almost always at the hands of males; females are themselves becoming more violent, starting at a young age (Garbarino, 2006); and a multitude of social and cultural supports exist, some of which are institutionalized and formalized, to both create violence toward females and then ...

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