This text has been the market leader for more than 40 years. It continues its popularity due to its thorough updating of data, facts, and figures while retaining the basic focus on solid research findings through a sociological point of view. Designed to appeal to today's students, the 12th edition examines topics with relevance for today - cultural and social reactions to deviance; the growing interest in white-collar and corporate crime; and the importance of the Internet and computer communications in changing views on deviance in modern life.
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Marshall B. Clinard is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has written numerous books and articles on deviance and sociology. He is widely considered to be one of the very best researchers on deviance and deviant behavior.
Robert F. Meier is Professor and Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has held previous positions at Iowa State University, Washington State University, and the University of California at Irvine. He is the author or editor of 15 books, original and revised editions, and over 50 articles in professional journals. His scholarly interests include general processes of deviance and social control with a special interest in crime and crime-control policy. He has conducted research on a number of criminological topics, including theories of crime and victimization, forms of crime including white-collar crime, victimless crime, and rape, as well as the topics of deterrence, and legal processes.
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