Examines definitions of crime and deviance, different types of deviance (including societal and situational, culpable and non-culpable) and ways of operationalizing the concept of deviance.
This chapter covers the definition and measure of religious belief, different types of religious institutions and movements, and aspects of new age movements and fundamentalism.
Covers five areas: different explanations of crime, deviance, social order and social control, the social construction of and social reactions to crime and deviance, including the role of the mass media, the relationship between deviance, power and social control, different explanations of the social distribution of crime and deviance by age, social class, ethnicity, gender and locality, and the sociological issues arising from the study of suicide.
Notes set covers a range of critical approaches to understanding the family group, including radical psychiatry, Marxism, and feminism, with exercises and activities to facilitate understanding.
This chapter looks at the problem of existence, structural and cultural universals, ethnocentrism and cultural relativity, and reactive and independent subcultural types.