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The Politics of Deviance Paperback – May 1, 2004
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In The Politics of Deviance, Anne Hendershott (Moving for Work), a sociologist at the University of San Diego, laments the death of deviance as a concept within sociology, along with a consequent "destigmatizing [of] deviant behaviors" within the real social world. In chapters like "Medicalizing the Deviance of Drug Abuse," "Expanding the Market for Mental Illness" and "Postmodern Pedophilia," Hendershott details a process whereby, in her view, "all behaviors are created equal" within the culture, and a market model of what is desirable in a society (i.e., that a kind of manufactured demand for rebellion drives permissiveness) rules to society's detriment. An indictment of what Hendershott feels has taken place within her field over the last 30 years, this book, published by a California think tank, attempts nothing less than a rearticulation of social conservatism.
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Yet, exist it does, only now our society has defined the traditional representations of deviance, such as drug addiction, homosexuality, and pedophilia, down to the point where they as normal as low cut jeans on young girls. Society has also replaced the abnormalities of the past with the concocted crimes of sexism, homophobia, and, most humorously, racism-through-questioning-racism, which is what happens when one argues over the necessity of affirmative action programs. We also now have the nauseating circumstance wherein deviance has been defined up, meaning that those who chose to remain virgins and "un-experimental" are the ones judged pathological.
In the chapter, "Rape, Real, and Imagined," we find that rape has become a crime which, by definition, is systematically biased against men. Their accusers have the right to anonymity, whereas, those on trial are entitled to no such courtesies. A semantic twist suddenly rephrases pedophilia as "intergenerational relationships." As an aside, one of these days I would like to find out why the FBI does not arrest NAMBLA en masse under the RICO statutes. Why not? They're all members of a proven criminal organization. Speaking of NAMBLA, mental illness has now been extended to cover the lazy, the irritable, and the over-energetic. In ADHD, PTSD, and PMS, we have a hangman's game full of letters that describe somewhat fuzzy categories of dysfunction. This is explored, more in depth, in Satel and Sommers new book on therapism.
The Politics of Deviance is not merely a sociology book, it is an exploration of how of society has declined to the point where merely attempting to follow the rules is a Herculean task as the rules and mores shift downwards every other month. It is not a long book but the prose is concise. Hendershott really delivers a narrator devoid of distracters and hyperbola. It is a worthy read.
When I returned people were arguing about who was the victim.
Now I understand what happened while I was gone.
I thought people had lost their minds.
Little did I realize the Left had redefine the entire culture.
When you have Victims, they need an advocate and they become your constituency.This book shows how to see how they turned everything upside down.This book should be titled how we all became victims of the left.
Men like Rick Warren church guru has packaged this deceptive method and sold it to "Pastors" for church growth, now men who was Pastors are facilitators deceiving their flocks.
If you are sitting under a religious teacher and he is asking what you think or how you feel about a issue, he is in the process of DECEIVING YOU, GET OUT FAST!