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Juvenile Delinquency and Justice: Sociological Perspectives

Ronald J. Berger and Paul D. Gregory, editors

This new anthology offers a comprehensive overview of the essential topics in juvenile delinquency and justice. The selections encompass both landmark scholarship and cutting-edge research to expose students to a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches. Thematic section introductions and editors’ notes provide context and draw attention to how a sociological perspective can    More >

Juvenile Delinquency and Justice: Sociological Perspectives

Sexual Deviance: A Reader

Christopher Hensley and Richard Tewksbury, editors

This comprehensive reader is the first to cover sexual deviance in its many forms, including topics as diverse as abstinence, public sex, sex work, and cybersex. Illustrating pathological, sociological, and "normal" sexual deviance, the editors identify key strands of research within the contemporary literature. Brief introductions to each selection underscore the importance of the    More >

Sexual Deviance: A Reader

Dorm Room Dealers: Drugs and the Privileges of Race and Class

A. Rafik Mohamed and Erik D. Fritsvold

Why do affluent, upwardly mobile college students—who have everything to lose and little to gain—choose to sell drugs? Why do law enforcement officers largely overlook drug dealing on college campuses? With rich, lively details, A. Rafik Mohamed and Erik Fritsvold deliver unprecedented insight into the world of college drug dealers—and offer an important corrective to the    More >

Dorm Room Dealers: Drugs and the Privileges of Race and Class

The High Life: Club Kids, Harm and Drug Policy

Dina Perrone

Why do well-educated young professionals engage in frequent and intensive drug use at dance clubs? And how do they protect themselves from drug-related illnesses and involvement with the criminal justice system? Dina Perrone's vivid ethnographic research on New York City "club kids" illuminates their distinctive subculture, describes their patterns of drug use, and explores the    More >

The High Life: Club Kids, Harm and Drug Policy

Guns, Violence, and Criminal Behavior: The Offender’s Perspective

Mark Pogrebin, Paul Stretesky, and N. Prabha Unnithan

How are guns used and viewed by criminals? Where do criminals obtain guns? And how do laws make firearms more or less accessible? Confronting these contentious questions, Guns, Violence, and Criminal Behavior offers a comprehensive exploration of the social processes surrounding illegal firearm use and criminal behavior.  The authors draw on in-depth interviews with felons convicted of    More >

Guns, Violence, and Criminal Behavior: The Offender’s Perspective

The Paradox of Youth Violence

J. William Spencer

Winner of the Midwest Sociological Society Distinguished Book Award, 2013! Is a teenage violent offender a dangerous predator—or a vulnerable innocent that we should rescue from a life of crime? J. William Spencer probes our ambivalent response to youth violence to show how deeply entwined issues of crime, age, race, and class distort our understanding of an important social    More >

The Paradox of Youth Violence