From the Back Cover
Deviant Behavior, 9/E
Alex Thio, Ohio University
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
This best-selling text offers comprehensive coverage of all aspects of deviance and is noted for its blend of style and substance.
Deviant Behavior covers a wide spectrum of theories of deviance, and analyzes numerous specific deviant behaviors. The author presents an abundance of research data, including many items that debunk our common assumptions about deviant behavior. Students are exposed to the full range of theories and data on deviance, and are challenged to think about and evaluate their own biases and preconceptions.
As with every edition, this text has been thoroughly updated. Some of these updates include:
- A new chapter on Internet deviance is included. This chapter showcases important and interesting topics on various aspects of cyberdeviance.
Examples include seeking easy money online, searching cyberspace for sex, expressing hate online, and disrupting computer networks.
- A box containing a series of “Myth and Reality” statements appears at the beginning of each of the behavior chapters. These myths and realities are also discussed within those chapters.
Myth: When women kill their husbands, it is mostly because their victims have cheated on them.
Reality: Women rarely kill in response to their husbands’ infidelity. They usually send their husbands to the hereafter as a desperate attempt to get out of an abusive relationship.
- Interesting subjects crucial to today’s world are discussed throughout the text.
Examples include: Does swinging destroy marriage? What are young gays like today? What causes the abuse of prescription drugs to soar? How does the drinking age law unintentionally contribute to binge drinking?
About the Author
Alex Thio is Professor of Sociology at Ohio University. Born of Chinese parentage in Penang, Malaysia, he grew up in a multicultural environment. He acquired fluency in Mandarin (modern standard Chinese), Malay, and Indonesian. He also picked up a smattering of English and Dutch. He took French and German in high school and college.
Professor Thio attended primary school in Malaysia and high school in Indonesia. He then came to the United States and worked his way through Central Methodist College in Missouri, where he majored in social sciences. Later, he studied sociology as a graduate student at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and he completed his doctorate while working as a research and teaching assistant.
Professor Thio regularly teaches courses in deviance, introductory sociology, social problems, and criminology. In addition to teaching, he enjoys writing. He is the author of the Sociology: A Brief Introduction, Society: Myths and Realities (Penguin Academic), and Deviant Behavior.