Deviance: Anthropological Perspectives


In this volume composed of several cross-cultural case studies in deviance, the editors show how an anthropological comparative study can shed new light on the subject. Anthropologists have tended to avoid studying deviance as a phenomena in and of itself, concentrating instead on particular sorts of deviance such as sorcery, alcoholism, and suicide. An anthropology of deviance is likely to create new models, which challenge many of the sociological assumptions currently used to interpret and understand deviance. Deviance presents the results of fieldwork in the Arctic, the West Indies, Africa, and the Far East in individual ethnographic essays. This unique book improves not only our understanding of deviant behavior, but of sociocultural order as well.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Joel Savishinsky
  • Laurel Rose
  • Philip L. Kilbride
  • Steven C. Caton
  • Serena Nanda
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1991


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