Explaining Social Deviance : The Great Courses: Psychology

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Paul Root Wolpe
  • Series: The Great Courses: Psychology
  • 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

How do deviants reconcile their behavior with society's norms? This set of 10 lectures examines the complex topic of deviance and how major sociological theories have attempted to define it and understand its role in both historical and modern society. Professor Wolpe introduces deviance as "a complex, often ambiguous, social phenomenon that raises numerous questions about how a varied and often arbitrary set of characteristics can be used to name the same idea."
Intended for those with some understanding of sociology, these lectures trace Western theories of deviance from classical demonism to constructionism. Along the way, you'll get a chance to investigate a range of fascinating, thought-provoking, and sometimes even frightening topics and issues.
You'll discover the relationship between deviance and criminology, and come to terms with three major sociological perspectives on deviance in human society. You'll explore the concept of demonism, with divides the world into good and evil, and see how it's often been used to explain and categorize bad behavior when no other explanations are available. You'll learn about the influence of science on sociological thought as proposed by a range of important thinkers, as well as the impact of this science on everything from the IQ controversy to the eugenics movement to Social Darwinism.
Professor Wolpe has crafted an engaging series of discussions that are sure to have you looking at the world around you (and the people in them) in a new way.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Thought provoking

Found this course very interesting I only wish it had been updated for 2015 this is from 2004. A real shame.
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- C

A tad dated but interesting all the same

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There were plenty of lectures that were interesting but the sociology of science was certainly something to ponder.

Any additional comments?

These lectures came out around the time of the OJ Simpson trial and so has references rooted around this time. I would be interested to learn where the study of social deviance has progressed to from that point.

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- Gregory Monk

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses