Wednesday, 26 June 2013



ISBN-10: 0-465-01637-5
Editor: Jack D. Douglas
Title: Deviance and Respectability
Subtitle: The Social Construction of Moral Meanings
Edition: second printing
Language: English
Place of Publication: New York / London
Publisher: Basic Books, Inc.
Year of Publication: 1970
Format: 152x235mm (trimmed)
Pages: xii+468
Illustrations: N/A
Binding: Paperback in duotone printed wrappers
Original Price: USD 4.95
Weight: 758gr.
Entry No.: 2013004
Entry Date: 27th February 2013


Most studies of deviant behavior in American society take for granted the moral meanings that the deviant gives to his conduct. Using these moral meanings as a focus of inquiry, the sociologists in this volume attempt to show how the individual attaches meanings to the actual events of his life.

In Part I, the authors try to reorient the traditional perspective of the sociological theory of deviance that sees man as the product of the social order, as well as the more recent phenomenological of existential perspective that views social order as only one possibility of man’s purposeful actions. Parts II and III consist of empirical studies of the theoretical problems dealt with in Part I.

“The various chapters ranging in theme from suicide to nudism are unified into a persuasive thesis that challenges many of the postulates of orthodox sociology. Douglas and his associates have produced what may become a new standard text in graduate courses.” – Library Journal

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