Extraordinary Behavior (inbunden)
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Peck, Dennis L.
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Extraordinary Behavior (inbunden)

Extraordinary Behavior

A Case Study Approach to Understanding Social Problems

Inbunden,  Engelska, 2000-10-01
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This unique collection of case studies introduces readers to many of the common yet extraordinary social problems in contemporary American society. Employing a symbolic interaction approach to the case studies, the authors identify the origins of the problems, define the issues, and explore the outcomes and potential remedies. The case studies themselves introduce readers to the very personal side of the problems as the emotions, actions, and perceptions of the subjects are revealed and analyzed. The problems studied here are organized into three categories health-related issues, family issues, and behavior beyond the boundariesand include many problems that often receive too little attention in the existing literature, making this book an original and timely contribution. Each of the three sections is preceded by a general review of the chapters to follow and offers readers a prelude to the exploration of human thought, language, and behavior captured and illustrated in the case studies. In the first section of the book, problems covered include suicide, anorexia nervosa, alcohol and drug abuse, and AIDS/STDs. The second section covers teenage mothers, domestic violence, divorce and poverty, child support and deadbeat dads, and homelessness. The last section focuses on sexual harassment, equal protection and racial exclusion, prostitution, career criminals, mass murder, and serial killers. This book represents a fresh new approach and a welcome addition to the study of social problems in America today.
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"These touching and, at times, chilling narratives breathe life into national statistics and provide us with the opportunity to explore each respondent's inner experience of his or her social world....It is in this way that these case studies enable us to understand the meanings attached to behavior, to appreciate the significance of social interaction and context in shaping those meanings, to identify the societal forces that influence behavior, and to recognize the consequences of these social processess."-Kimberly A. Lyons Department of Sociology Smith College

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DENNIS L. PECK is Professor of Sociology at The University of Alabama. He is a past editor of Sociological Inquiry and has published numerous articles in sociology, psychology, and interdisciplinary journals. He serves on several editorial boards and is a co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior. NORMAN A. DOLCH is Professor of Sociology at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. He is co-editor of Readings in Sociology and co-author of several research reports, practice-oriented journal articles, and book reviews.


Introduction Health Related Issues Suicide by Dennis L. Peck Anorexia Nervosa by Diane E. Taub and Penelope A. McLorg Alcohol/Drug Abuse by Celia Chun-Nui Lo and Gerald Globetti AIDS/STDs by Mary Rose Mueller Family Issues Teenage Mothers by Norman A. Dolch, Kelly E. Orr, and Julie Ezernack Spousal Abuse/Domestic Violence by Melanie L. Miller Divorce and Poverty by N. Ree Wells Child Support/Dead Beat Dads by Kimberly A. Folse Homelessness by John Bolland and Deborah M. McCallum Behavior Beyond the Boundaries Sexual Harassment by Beverly E. Thorn Equal Protection and Racial Exclusion by Larry D. Hall and Audwin L. Anderson Prostitution by Thomas C. Calhoun and Greg S. Weaver Career Criminals by Ronald Jones Mass Murder by Thomas A. Petee, Kathy G. Padgett, and Thomas S. York Serial Killers by James A. Sparks