Perspectives on Deviance and Social Control

Welcome to the Companion Site!

This site is intended to enhance your use of Perspectives on Deviance and Social Control, Second Edition, by Michelle Inderbitzin, Kristin A. Bates, and Randy R. Gainey. Please note that all the materials on this site are especially geared toward maximizing your understanding of the material.

Perspectives on Deviance and Social Control provides a sociological examination of deviance and social control in society. Derived from the same author team’s successful text/reader version, this concise and student-friendly resource uses sociological theories to illuminate a variety of issues related to deviant behavior and societal reactions to deviance. The authors briefly explain the development of major sociological theoretical perspectives and use current research and examples to demonstrate how those theories are used to think about and study the causes of deviant behavior and the reactions to it. Focusing on the application—rather than just the understanding—of theory, the Second Edition offers a practical and fascinating exploration of deviance in our society.


We gratefully acknowledge Michelle Inderbitzin, Kristin A. Bates, and Randy R. Gainey for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Alicia Fisher of California State University Fullerton and Egbert Zavala of the University of Texas at El Paso for creating the ancillaries on this site.