Crime and Deviance: Essays and Innovations of Edwin M. Lemert

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2000 - Political Science - 310 pages
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For the first time, Crime and Deviance brings together the important essays and previously unpublished writings of Edwin M. Lemert. More than any other author, Lemert first established the foundations of the modern sociology of crime and social deviance. Beginning with his first and now classic work, Social Pathology, in 1951 through his last work The Trouble With Evil published in 1997 the year of his death, Lemert wrote with keen empirical insight on crime and criminal personality, juvenile justice, alcoholism, check forgers, court and legal process, among many other topics. Lemert's famous societal reaction theory thus became a necessary ingredient of any realistic understanding of those who violate the perceived norms of social order. It is virtually impossible to discuss crime and lesser forms of social deviance without using language Lemert introduced into scientific and popular vocabularies. Crime and Deviance presents for the first time an important body of Professor Lemert's unpublished work. It thus allows rare insight into his constantly changing thought which is as fresh today as ever.
 

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Contents

Whatever Happened to the Criminal? Edwin Lemerts Societal Reaction
1
From Social Pathology to Deviance
19
Societal Reaction Differentiation and Individuation
26
The Paradigm Reaches Its Limits
41
Choice Value and Action Problems in General Social Theory
55
Rules Deviance and Social Control Theory
61
How We Got Where We Are An Informal History of the Study of Deviance
66
Home Brew Hoochinoo and the Whiskey Feast Indian Drinking
77
Children and the Law in TwentiethCentury America
176
Why Children Should Be Kept Out of Court
198
Children and the Law in Italy
217
The Origins of American Sociological Jurisprudence
225
The Changing Foundations of Sociological Jurisprudence
237
Jurisprudence Law and Sociology
246
Criminalization and Historical Context
263
Edwin M Lemert An Intellectual Portrait
273

Fast Living Big Spending and Life on the Edge The Check Forger
93
You Are Not One of Us Paranoia and Exclusion
104
Sociologists on the Trail of Evil
122
Alcohol Comes to the South Seas
138
Dilemmas of Intervention
161
Index
295
About the Author
309
About the Editors
310
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Charles C. Lemert is professor of sociology at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. A prolific writer, he is the author of many books of note including, most recently, Social Things: An Introduction to Sociological Life. Michael F. Winter is currently behavioral sciences librarian at Shields Library, University of California, Davis. He is author of The Culture and Control of Expertise: Towards a Sociological Understanding of Librarianship (1988), and a number of articles in social theory and librarianship. His current interest is in the study of social control of knowledge and its dissemination.

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