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The Politics of Deviance [Hardcover]

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Pages   184
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.7" Width: 6.1" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 25, 2002
Publisher   Encounter Books
ISBN  1893554473  
EAN  9781893554474  

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Until the 1960s, sociologists had asserted that a willingness to identify deviance, or what constitutes appropriate behavior, was indispensable to the process of generating and sustaining cultural values, clarifying moral boundaries, and promoting social solidarity. Yet today, after three decades of lacerating debate, shifts in values and social relations, and questioning social authority, the subject has virtually disappeared from sociology's radar screen. Deviance, in the famous phrase of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, has been "dumbed down." In The Politics of Deviance, Anne Hendershott, a leading sociologist herself, tries to understand how this major change in the way we see our world occurred. How did we adopt such different views of human nature and personal responsibility? How did we "medicalize" what was once proscribed behavior? While in the past there was a moral consensus that conditioned our attitudes toward teenage sex, suicide, substance abuse, and other questionable behaviors, Hendershott points out that today it is pressure groups that define and redefine deviance. ("As I write these words," she says at one point in the narrative, "the advocacy of the North American Man-Boy Love Association is invisibly changing the way we see pedophilia.") As they succeed in redefining our attitudes toward their "clients," these groups significantly altered our view of each other and of our world. Arguing against the grain of her own discipline, Anne Hendershott asserts the value and strength of the most important of all determinants of behavior-social norms and the commitment to accept them. The Politics of Deviance maintains that definitions of deviance that rely upon reason, and not emotion or political advocacy, are indispensable to the process of generating and sustaining cultural values and reaffirming the moral ties that bind us together.

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More About Anne Hendershott

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Anne Hendershott is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. Previously, she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at The King s College in New York City. She moved to The King s College in 2008 after spending more than 15 years as a tenured full-professor of sociology at the University of San Diego. She received her PhD in Sociology at Kent State University in 1988, and was the James Madison Fellow at Princeton University in 2005. A frequent contributor to popular press outlets including Catholic World Report, the Wall Street Journal, Crisis, and others, she publishes frequently on issues of importance within the Catholic Church. She is the author of five previous books including Status Envy: The Politics of Catholic Higher Education (Transaction, 2009), The Politics of Deviance (Encounter Books, 2002), The Politics of Abortion (Encounter Books, 2006), The Reluctant Caregivers (Bergin and Garvey, 2000), and Moving for Work (University Press of America, 1994).
Christopher White is the Director of Education and Programs at the Center for Bioethics and Culture. He writes frequently on matters of public policy and social ethics, and is a regular contributor to many print and online publications, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, National Review Online, Catholic World Report, Human Life Review, First Things, Public Discourse, and the National Catholic Register. He was awarded a 2013-2014 Robert Novak Fellowship. He lives in New York City."

Anne Hendershott currently resides in San Diego, in the state of California.

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Excellent resource for my course  Jun 16, 2008
I'm taking a course entitled "Deviance in Film and Society" and this is a great book to read and accumulate information..
Exposition of the TRUTH  Feb 21, 2008
If you were looking for a summary of leftist intentions, practices, and politics, here it is. Not surprisingly, the every militant liberal apparatchik screams their renunciation of this book. Read it and find out why.

There is a reason why "liberalism" is such an attractive "political philosophy" to certain types of people. Dr. Henderschott gives us some insight.

This is a critique of a political movement that idolizes and venerates such vile perverts as alfred Kinsey, who in the course of his "study" of pedophilia, interviewed a large number of active child-molesters. These criminals regularly reported their predations on children, during interviews to Kinsey. In fact, one of them, who was a close friend of his, was a former Nazi Party member in Germany.

In this day and age, such a counselor is required by law to report such predations, regardless of the status of the "patient/client/etc." I'm certain that was even more so fifty years ago.

The serious reader may also consider reading "Intellectual Morons" for similar reference to lefto-hypocrisy and closet-perversion.
The truth hurts!  Jan 25, 2008
If you think life should be lived without personal responsibility, if you believe no person has the right to judge others, if you believe society should permit anything that feels good, if you are a deviant, with no moral compass, and your "cause" is to defend the indefensible, you'll hate this book! If you want to know what is going on, where our society is headed and you have an open mind for the unpleasant truth this book is a must. The author is nothing short of of the few honorable academic sociologists.
Bam This Book is spot on!  Jul 28, 2007
When I left the USA to teach abroad everyone was an individualist.
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.

This isn't social science  Mar 28, 2006
Regardless of whether you agree with Hendershott's views, you must admit that there isn't any actual sociology in Hendershott's book. There is virtually no reference to social science research, except to criticize studies without any reason except that she doesn't like the results. Instead, Hendershott provides anecdotal evidence from nonscientific sources as if it is generalizable.

There are two testable hypotheses in Hendershott's book. First, that definitions of deviance have changed greatly over time. Second, that this shift in definitions has affected people's behavior in negative ways. Both of these are easily testable hypotheses, but she unfortunately doesn't test either of them, and just provides examples that support her arguments. This is what sociologists call relying on an "N of 1." She should have learned that as an undergrad.

I hope this review helps you avoid the massive time-waste that reading this book would be. Instead, I'd suggest reading Joel Best's "More Damned Lies and Statistics," which points out very well how dangerous it is to rely on examples and case studies as if they represent large-scale social patterns.

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