Encyclopedia of Social Deviance

FORSYTH, Craig J. & , eds. 2 vols. 864p. bibliog. index. SAGE. 2014. Tr $350. ISBN 9781452240336. LC 2013029359.
Gr 12 Up—The editors of this niche reference work have collected more than 300 essays written by social science scholars from around the world. These offerings cover a wide range of topics relating to definitions and theories of deviance and deviant behaviors themselves, as well as the methodologies used to study these issues. There are no illustrations or graphs, but the set does provide a truly all-encompassing look at what might pass for deviant behavior. Entries on fetishes and cults are included, as are essays on the Tea Party and veganism. Researchers will find substantive information on these various topics, as well as support materials, while casual readers can learn about what motivates dogfighting advocates and computer hackers. The articles are well written and accessible enough for the uninitiated. The "See Also" sections, substantive index, and readers' guide of topics are also very helpful. Overall, the book will make a solid addition to any college library that offers social science courses.—Carol Fazioli, Barth Elementary School, Pottstown, PA

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