Criminal Justice-COAS | Deviant Images/Deviant Acts
P305 | 1538 | Kane

This course examines the universal human fascination with deviance
using cross-cultural and historical perspectives. We will approach
the subject from a range of genres: an ethnography of indigenous
rainforest people, a graphic novel about the holocaust, a prison
philosophy class, and parables of colonial law. Each cultural and
historical context will be used as a departure point for considering
dilemmas in our own place and time, focusing our attention on
various explanations of nonconformity and justifications for social
control. The types of deviance considered will include witchcraft,
homicide (individual and mass), spouse and child abuse, and illegal
drug use; each type will be related to the inequalities of race,
class, gender, and sexuality which shape them. We will also draw in
examples from popular films and news media in class and in
independent projects.

Required Texts:

Stephanie Kane. 1994. The Phantom Gringo Boat: Shamanic Discourse
and Development in Panama. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution

Drew Leder. 2001. The Soul Knows No Bars: Inmates Reflect on Life,
Death, and Hope. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Norval Morris. 1992. The Brothel Boy and Other Parables of the Law.
New York: Oxford University Press.

Art Spiegelman. 1986. Maus: A Survivorís Tale. Volume I. My Father
Bleeds History. New York: Pantheon.

Class meeting:  2;30-3:45P, TR, BH 340

Instructor:  Professor Stephanie Kane, criminal justice department