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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 Diversity
Sexual diversity
Introduction: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality

Because so little is known about what people around the world actually do (or have done) in bed (or in hut, tent, igloo, cave, or the big outdoors), most statements about human sexual variance are speculative. Studies that purport to tell us what really happens in our sexual lives really do not. They offer little more than biased information, coupled with a few anecdotes, about those sexual experiences that some people were willing to share with researchers (Carter & Sokol, 1989). These pictures or “portraits” of human sexuality are ripped from the social context that defines them, so they are stripped of much of what makes them sexual in the first place. Even if the respondents are being ...

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