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Constructions of Deviance: Social Power, Context, and Interaction 7th Edition

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Patricia A. Adler (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego) is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Colorado. She has written and taught in the area of deviance, qualitative methods, and the sociology of children. A second edition of her book, WHEELING AND DEALING (Columbia University Press), a study of upper-level drug traffickers, was published in 1993. She has received many honors, including the Outstanding Teacher in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the Outstanding Researcher Award from the University of Colorado. In addition, she was awarded the Mentor Excellence Award in 2004 from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI).

Peter Adler (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego) is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Denver. His research interests include social psychology, drugs and society, and sociology of work, sport, and leisure. His first book, MOMENTUM, was published in 1981 by Sage. Peter has been honored with the University Lecturer Award and as the Outstanding Scholar/Teacher at the University of Denver, as well as being named by the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI) as Mentor of the Year in 2005.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 7 edition (February 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111186375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111186371
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Bloch on March 1, 2012
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This book is a reader, meaning it is a compilation of readings from multiple authors. It has a bit of a symbolic interactionist slant, but this is appropriate for the topic. There are some readings I miss from the earlier editions, like Snow and Anderson's piece about stigma management and the homeless and Flower's phone sex operators. However, newer additions to the book make sense and update it for students, while keeping core classics like Chambliss and Becker.
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This is an excellent book for anyone taking a social or criminal justice deviance class. It wasn't overly technical but was thorough enough for each topic to be fully covered. The set-up of the book was also very easy to follow with chapter titles aptly describing what was contained therein. Highly recommend.
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The five star rating was earned because the book arrived at the front end of the expected date and was exactly what I required. It is a current edition that had only a few minor issues such as a creased front cover. Everything else was perfect! Appreciated the great service!
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First off, the print is so small in this book that it's hard to read. Also, it is as if the authors went out of their way to say things as complicated as possible. I am a college graduate. I have read and written many papers. I am familiar with the Flesch–Kincaid reading standards. You need a dictionary beside you when you read this book. Other than that, it does seem the authors know what they are talking about. Just get ready for a slow labored read to get it yourself.
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Doesnt have the references or defintions in the back of the book so you can look it up faster but good read.
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Sweet read.
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Only used certain chapters of the book for the class this was required for. I would strongly suggest to go in on the purchase with a fellow classmate or see if the university library caries it because it is NOT worth the ridiculous price.
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Could not complain
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