Theories on Behaviors That Defy Social Norms
by Duane L. Dobbert and Thomas X. Mackey, Editors
July 2015, 211pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3323-6
$65, £50, 57€, A90
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Who becomes deviant and how does such behavior develop?

Contributors to this unique book explain and compare major theories drawn from several academic fields to uncover the root causes of deviance.

In this unparalleled exploration of antisocial and aberrant behavior, criminologists and other experts examine the theoretical perspectives of 15 classical psychological, political science, and economics scholars to shed light on the impetus for deviant behaviors. Murder, mayhem, robbery, sexual assault, and sexual activity with minor children are among the degenerate behaviors cited.

Each chapter focuses on the effectiveness of a specific theory, and considers conundrums such as “Does the Darwinian approach explain sexual assault as a drive to procreate?” “Can B.F. Skinner’s theoretical perspective explain pedophilia?” and “Can an individual be incompetent at the time of an offense and competent at the time of the trial?” The book reveals how the major psychological, social, and environmental doctrines can explain the behaviors and patterns of a nonconforming mindset. The work addresses the theories of well-known thinkers like Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, Travis Hirschi, and Sigmund Freud, among others.


  • Addresses classical theory in relationship to deviance
  • Interprets, integrates, and synthesizes classical theory regarding deviance from different disciplines
  • Examines the etiology of pedophilia
  • Discusses competency and culpability
Duane L. Dobbert, PhD, is full professor of forensic studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. His published works include Praeger's Halting the Sexual Predators Among Us: Preventing Attack, Rape, and Lust Homicide and Psychopathy, Perversion, and Lust Homicide: Recognizing the Mental Disorders that Power Serial Killers as well as Understanding Personality Disorders: An Introduction. Dobbert holds a doctorate in human services and criminal justice from Capella University.

Thomas Mackey is adjunct professor and graduate research advisor in the forensic studies department at Florida Gulf Coast University. Previously, he worked as a law enforcement officer and detective with the New York and Sag Harbor police departments, respectively. His published works include ABC-CLIO's Pornography On Trial: A Reference Handbook as well as Pursuing Johns: Criminal Law Reform, Defending Character, and New York City's Committee of Fourteen, 1920–1930. He is pursuing his doctorate from Capella University.
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