Search - List of Books by Erich Goode

Erich Goode is an American sociologist. Goode specializes in the sociology of deviance. He has written a number of books on the field of deviance in general, as well as on specific deviant topics.

Erich Goode received a B.A. from Oberlin College (1960) and a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University (1966). He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Florida Atlantic University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. He is currently employed as a professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Prof. Goode now teaches at the University of Maryland.

Goode takes a constructionist approach to deviance. In his view, a behavior is deviant if and only if society at large considers it so. The broader social factors that go into the classification of a behavior as deviant are thus considered a valid subject of study. His research focuses on the deviant individuals (and behaviors) themselves, as well as the particular individuals and groups that play a part in classifying the behavior as deviant.

As a sociologist, Goode makes no judgment about whether a particular is "bad" or "evil", and considers deviance as a topic to be entirely dependent on whether the society at large considers the behavior deviant. In this view, a particular behavior can be deviant in one society, but normal in another. This is in contrast to the perspective of essentialism, which would say that a behavior either "really is" deviant or "really isn't", and that it is the task of the sociologist to discover and report on the truth of the matter, and what society at large believes is mostly irrelevant.

According to the constructionist framework as espoused by Goode, an instance of "deviance" can exist as a social construct exclusively, completely separate from any actual behavior. In other words, "imaginary deviance" can exist that causes a frenzy of interesting sociological behavior in response to a non-existence phenomenon. Satanic ritual abuse is an example of this in modern times, and the case of witch hunts is an example from antiquity. These are often called moral panics, and Goode considers them a valid subject (perhaps the ideal subject) for deviance studies.

Erich Goode is known for his exploration and exposure of the "moral panic" concept. He takes a "harm reductionist" approach to studying social deviance. This commitment aims to reduce social harm without engaging in value judgments or essentialist claims about those being studied.

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Total Books: 45
Deviant Behavior
2016 - Deviant Behavior (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781138191907
ISBN-10: 1138191906
Genres: Reference, Law, Politics & Social Sciences

Drugs in American Society
2014 - Drugs in American Society (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780078026591
ISBN-10: 0078026598
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Reference, Self-Help, Politics & Social Sciences

The Paranormal Who Believes Why They Believe and Why It Matters
Social Deviance
2009 - Social Deviance [Value Pack w/MySearchLab] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780205679164
ISBN-10: 0205679161

Deviance in Everyday Life Personal Accounts of Unconventional Lives
Paranormal Beliefs A Sociological Introduction
Drugs In American Society
1998 - Drugs in American Society (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780070244955
ISBN-10: 0070244952
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nonfiction, Law, Medicine

Between Politics and Reason The Drug Legalization Debate
1998 - Between Politics and Reason the Drug Legalization Debate (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780312180270
ISBN-10: 0312180276
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Between Politics and Reason  The Drug Legalization Debate
1997 - Between Politics and Reason the Drug Legalization Debate [Contemporary Social Issues] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780312163839
ISBN-10: 0312163835
Genre: Nonfiction

Moral Panics The Social Construction of Deviance
1994 - Moral Panics the Social Construction of Deviance (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780631189053
ISBN-10: 063118905X
Genre: Nonfiction

1987 - Sociology [2nd Edition] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780138214487
ISBN-10: 0138214484
Genre: Nonfiction

Drugs in American society
1984 - Drugs in American Society (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780394334080
ISBN-10: 0394334086
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.

Deviant Behaviour
1978 - Deviant Behaviour [Prentice-Hall series in sociology] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780132083065
ISBN-10: 013208306X
Genre: Nonfiction

The marijuana smokers
1971 - The Marijuana Smokers (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780465043811
ISBN-10: 046504381X
Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting

Social Reality
Social Reality [Prentice-Hall sociology series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780138182458
ISBN-10: 0138182450
Genre: Nonfiction

Collective Behavior
Collective Behavior (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780155000339
ISBN-10: 0155000330
Genres: Nonfiction, Science & Math

Social Class and Church Participation [Dissertations on Sociology] (Hardcover)
The Drug Phenomenon Social Aspects of Drug Taking [The Bobbs-Merrill studies in sociology] (Paperback)
Sexual deviance and sexual deviants
Sexual Deviance and Sexual Deviants (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780688002800
ISBN-10: 0688002803
Genre: Nonfiction

Drugs Society and Behavior 1994-95
Drugs Society and Behavior 1994-95 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781561341948
ISBN-10: 1561341940
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences