Marginal Conventions: Popular Culture, Mass Media, and Social Deviance

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Clinton Sanders
Popular Press, 1990 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 183 pages
Marginal Conventions contains twelve essays by social scientists centering around the general connections between popular culture and deviant behavior. In addition to speaking to the commonsensical view that exposure to representations of misbehavior makes people misbehave, this collection focuses on media presentations of crime, violence, and villainy; the utility of deviance theme for societal elites; and the "taste publics" centered around disreputable products and rituals.
 

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The articles included in this book are well chosen, informative,and highly eclectic in their individual subject matter, ranging from taxi-dancers to cartoons. This book is a good starting place for research on the topic of deviance and popular culture.
Reviewed by: MANISH PATEL

Contents

Introduction
17
ClaimsMaking QuasiTheories and the Social
29
Introduction
43
Introduction
81
The Social Reality of Crime
131
Contributors
181
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