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Deviant Behavior (9th Edition) (MySearchLab Series) 9th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0205512585
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Deviant Behavior, 9/E

Alex Thio, Ohio University

ISBN: 0205512585
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.

Examples include:

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.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon; 9 edition (December 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205512585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205512584
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,423,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By JHenzo on June 12, 2007
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It seems that the negative reviews have come from individuals that find the material to be too "liberal," so I want to clarify up front that I am a liberal & have liberal viewpoints. Additionally, I am a 4.0 student (senior) with a double major in sociology & psychology. Unlike the other reviewers, my complaint is about the reliability of the content. One person did state that Thio does a poor job of updating the text for new editions. I fully agree with that. Most of the references cited are from the 1970s, 80s, & 90s. There are some updated references - but typically just piggy-backed onto old references. In places where it seems that he would learn something by reviewing a new source, there is no new reference.

I don't understand, for example, how he can justify using 70s & 80s data in the "mental disorders" section, as if the psychological field has remained static for 3 decades. On some pages, he used the term "psychoanalytic" interchangeably with "psychological." He claims that theories surrounding biological origins of mental disorder are in conflict with environmental causes of mental disorder, which any psychologist or psychiatrist today can tell you is untrue. Furthermore, he claims that biologic theories dominate the field today & that "psychoanalytic" (which he is also calling psychological) theories dominated the field in the 1950s & 60s, but are less popular today. However, he goes on to quote Freud, who has certainly long-since been discredited. Thio claims that there are 3 types of "functional" (which he essentially defines as "environmental") disorders: psychosis (schizophrenia & manic-depressive disorder), neurosis (anxiety "reaction," obsessive-compulsive "behavior," depressive "reaction," & psychophysiologic disorder), & personality disorders.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lin Clark on September 14, 2000
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I had this book assigned to me to fulfill the requirements of a college level course about 20 years ago. I thought it would be about people we would tend to instantly label "socially deviant". I was wrong--the book changed my way of thinking about the way we label others, how "deviant" the acts of people in socially responsible positions can be, and the effect our tolerance of this behavior can have upon our world as a whole.
This is high praise, and well deserved. The only downside (as some may see it) is that, after digesting the book, one is forced to look at the circumstances in one's own life where a choice may be made to act against what, at some level, is known to be "best behavior". Yes, we can each be quite capable of deviant behaviors. When we stop limiting our perceptions regarding just what "deviant behavior" is, the better we understand that attending to our own ethical standards with diligence and awareness can address some of the "deviance problems" our society suffers most from--those that emerge not from any "underclass", but from the ranks of the so-called middle and upperclasses. They can be the breeding ground for some of the most pervasive and insidious problems afflicting society as a whole, and the hardest to control. The suffering brought on by "white collar" or corporate criminality/negligence is as great as acts deemed to be more obviously abnormal, and every bit as real. But many know nothing of this, because, as Thio states, who is watching the watchdogs? And those who know, often for many reasons fail to act. Thio roots out a true human dilemma, and challenges us to examine it.
This book was so memorable that I have quoted its premise frequently in business and other contexts, and here I am --searching to see if it is still available. I am glad it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anita Garling on May 6, 2008
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This book gives a very intriguing and exciting look into the world of deviance, for instance what makes a murder a murder or a raper a raper. Good examples, backgrounds, and references. This book will make the endeaver to lecture this course so fun.
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I'm not a big fan of textbooks in general but this one is actually not bad. It doesn't drag out simple concepts or over explain to the point of putting you to sleep. If you're going to buy this book, I would definitely recommend you buy Readings in Deviant Behavior to go along with it. There are approximately 4 readings per chapter in the text and it really clarifies a lot of the concepts.
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By Tyler Sennett on September 12, 2014
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Good book for the small amount of use I had with it in class.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Bancroft on February 14, 2008
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This is a well-organized text with plenty of focus on Sociology Theory and clear connections between theorists and history. However, it does not contain any color and has very few visual aides, so for a visual learner like myself, this text is a challenge.
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