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Product Description: The myths and truths of teen's sexual behavior.Winner of the 2015 Brian McConnell Book Award presented by the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research  To hear mainstream media sources tell it, the sex lives of modern teenagers outpace even the smuttiest of cable television shows...read more

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9780814760734 | New York Univ Pr, August 29, 2014, cover price $24.95 | About this edition: The myths and truths of teen's sexual behavior.

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Are four million women really battered to death by their husbands or boyfriends each year? Does a young person commit suicide every thirteen minutes in the United States? Is methamphetamine our number one drug problem today? Alarming statistics bombard our daily lives, appearing in the news, on the Web, seemingly everywhere. But all too often, even the most respected publications present numbers that are miscalculated, misinterpreted, hyped, or simply misleading. Following on the heels of his highly acclaimed Damned Lies and Statistics and More Damned Lies and Statistics, Joel Best now offers this practical field guide to help everyone identify questionable statistics. Entertaining, informative, and concise, Stat-Spotting is essential reading for people who want to be more savvy and critical consumers of news and information.Stat-Spotting features:* Pertinent examples from today's news, including the number of deaths reported in Iraq, the threat of secondhand smoke, the increase in the number of overweight Americans, and many more* A commonsense approach that doesn't require advanced math or statistics

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9780520257467 | Univ of California Pr, October 1, 2008, cover price $85.00 | About this edition: Are four million women really battered to death by their husbands or boyfriends each year?

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9780520279988 | Upd exp edition (Univ of California Pr, September 14, 2013), cover price $27.95

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Product Description: A collection of forty-five very short stories that deal with the strangeness of seemingly ordinary events. Stories range in length from 100 to 1500 words.

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9781452879963 | Createspace Independent Pub, July 27, 2013, cover price $7.00 | About this edition: A collection of forty-five very short stories that deal with the strangeness of seemingly ordinary events.

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Product Description: Here, by popular demand, is the updated edition to Joel Best's classic guide to understanding how numbers can confuse us. In his new afterword, Best uses examples from recent policy debates to reflect on the challenges to improving statistical literacy...read more

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9780520274709 | Updated edition (Univ of California Pr, August 7, 2012), cover price $29.95 | About this edition: Here, by popular demand, is the updated edition to Joel Best's classic guide to understanding how numbers can confuse us.

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Product Description: A complete set of tools for analyzing any social problem. Updated with over 60 new examples and case studies, Social Problems shows how activists, experts, and their opponents frame social problems through the logic that they use; the rhetoric of claims-making; and the ways that access to resources determines who gets their claims heard...read more

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9780393918632 | 2 edition (W W Norton & Co Inc, April 27, 2012), cover price $60.45 | About this edition: A complete set of tools for analyzing any social problem.
9780393928778 | W W Norton & Co Inc, June 1, 2007, cover price $46.90 | About this edition: In his new textbook, Joel Best gives readers a complete set of tools for analyzing any social problem.

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Product Description: Every kindergarten soccer player gets a trophy. Many high schools name dozens of seniors as valedictorians―of the same class. Cars sport bumper stickers that read “USA―Number 1.” Prizes proliferate in every corner of American society, and excellence is trumpeted with ratings that range from “Academy Award winner!” to “Best Neighborhood Pizza!” In Everyone’s a Winner, Joel Best― acclaimed author of Damned Lies and Statistics and many other books―shines a bright light on the increasing abundance of status in our society and considers what it all means...read more

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9780520267169 | Univ of California Pr, March 7, 2011, cover price $32.95 | About this edition: Every kindergarten soccer player gets a trophy.

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Product Description: Fakten, Fakten, Fakten ... Aber inwieweit kann man den Zahlen in den Medien trauen? Werden tatsächlich jedes Jahr vier Millionen Frauen von ihren Männern oder Freunden zu Tode geprügelt? Nimmt sich in den Vereinigten Staaten wirklich alle dreizehn Minuten ein junger Mensch das Leben? Stellt Methamphetamin heute das größte Drogenproblem dar? Täglich werden wir von alarmierenden Statistiken bombardiert, die in den Nachrichten, im Internet und scheinbar überall auf uns lauern...read more
By Joel Best and Thomas Filk (trans)

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9783827425232 | Spektrum Akademischer Verlag Gmbh, November 9, 2010, cover price $19.99 | About this edition: Fakten, Fakten, Fakten .

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Product Description: Critics often warn that American schools are failing, and that our students are ill-prepared for the challenges the future holds, and may even be "the dumbest generation." We can think of these claims as warning about a Stupidity Epidemic...read more

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9780415892094 | Routledge, December 14, 2010, cover price $10.95 | About this edition: Critics often warn that American schools are failing, and that our students are ill-prepared for the challenges the future holds, and may even be "the dumbest generation.

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Product Description: While fads such as hula hoops or streaking are usually dismissed as silly enthusiasms, trends in institutions such as education, business, medicine, science, and criminal justice are often taken seriously, even though their popularity and usefulness is sometimes short-lived...read more

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9780520246263 | Univ of California Pr, April 10, 2006, cover price $31.95 | About this edition: While fads such as hula hoops or streaking are usually dismissed as silly enthusiasms, trends in institutions such as education, business, medicine, science, and criminal justice are often taken seriously, even though their popularity and usefulness is sometimes short-lived.

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By Joel Best (introduced by) and Erving Goffman

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9780202307770 | Aldine De Gruyter, August 15, 2005, cover price $35.95

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Offers an entertaining and enlightening account of how statistics are produced, used, and misused, illustrating his points with examples of good and bad statistics and underlining the importance of critical thinking about numbers.

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9780520238305 | Univ of California Pr, August 1, 2004, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: Describes the ways in which statistics can be used to promote particular points of view, advance causes, or raise tensions.

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Product Description: One of America's foremost experts on deviance, Joel Best, explores the history of the study of deviance in this short, highly accessible supplementary text. Joel Best covers the emergence of anomie theory in the 1950s, the rise of labeling theory in the 1960s, and the shifts in the field as it came under criticism from other theoretical perspectives...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

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9780534570019 | Wadsworth Pub Co, May 1, 2003, cover price $95.95 | About this edition: One of America's foremost experts on deviance, Joel Best, explores the history of the study of deviance in this short, highly accessible supplementary text.

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Product Description: While crime, law, and punishment are subjects that have everyday meanings not very far from their academic representations, "social control" is one of those terms that appear in the sociological discourse without any corresponding everyday usage...read more
By Joel Best (editor) and Donileen R. Loseke (editor)

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9780202307022 | Aldine De Gruyter, November 1, 2002, cover price $57.95 | About this edition: While crime, law, and punishment are subjects that have everyday meanings not very far from their academic representations, "social control" is one of those terms that appear in the sociological discourse without any corresponding everyday usage.

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Product Description: The sociology of deviance was in its heyday when Prentice-Hall published this book in 1969. John Lofland traces the field from pre-World War II to the late sixties and pioneers the application of "grounded theory" to the study of deviant behavior...read more
By Joel Best (contributor) and John Lofland

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9780971242791 | Percheron Pr, July 30, 2002, cover price $45.00 | About this edition: The sociology of deviance was in its heyday when Prentice-Hall published this book in 1969.

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Describes the ways in which statistics can be used to promote particular points of view, advance causes, or raise tensions.

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9780520219786 | Univ of California Pr, May 1, 2001, cover price $85.00 | About this edition: Describes the ways in which statistics can be used to promote particular points of view, advance causes, or raise tensions.

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9780520228658 | Univ of California Pr, May 1, 2001, cover price $10.01 | About this edition: Describes the ways in which statistics can be used to promote particular points of view, advance causes, or raise tensions.

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Product Description: Best's anthology examines for the first time how diverse social issues--road rage, the metric system, gun control, and abortion are among those included--migrate across national boundaries, modifying themselves from place to place as a result of different claims, claimsmakers, and policy responses...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)
By Joel Best (editor)

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9780202306537 | Aldine De Gruyter, February 1, 2001, cover price $57.95 | About this edition: Best's anthology examines for the first time how diverse social issues--road rage, the metric system, gun control, and abortion are among those included--migrate across national boundaries, modifying themselves from place to place as a result of different claims, claimsmakers, and policy responses.

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9780202306544 | Aldine De Gruyter, February 1, 2001, cover price $31.95

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Random Violence is a deft and thought-provoking exploration of the ways we talk about―and why we worry about―new crimes and new forms of victimization. Focusing on so-called random crimes such as freeway shootings, gang violence, hate crimes, stalking, and wilding, Joel Best shows how new crime problems emerge and how some quickly fade from public attention while others spread and become enduring subjects of concern. Best's original and incisive argument illuminates the fact that while these crimes are in actuality neither new, nor epidemic, nor random, the language used to describe them nonetheless shapes both private fears and public policies.Best scrutinizes the melodramatic quality of the American public's attitudes toward crime, exposing the cultural context for the popularity of "random violence" as a catch-all phrase to describe contemporary crime, and the fallacious belief that violence is steadily rising. He points out that the age, race, and sex of homicide victims reveal that violence is highly patterned.Best also details the contemporary ideology of victimization, as well as the social arrangements that create and support a victim industry that can label large numbers of victims. He demonstrates why it has become commonplace to "declare war" on social problems, including drugs, crime, poverty, and cancer, and outlines the complementary influence of media, activists, officials, and experts in institutionalizing crime problems. Intrinsic to all these concerns is the way in which policy choices and outcomes are affected by the language used to describe social problems.

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9780520215719 | Univ of California Pr, February 1, 1999, cover price $85.00

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9780520215726 | Univ of California Pr, February 1, 1999, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: Random Violence is a deft and thought-provoking exploration of the ways we talk about―and why we worry about―new crimes and new forms of victimization.

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Product Description: For eighteen years following the Civil War, the police in St. Paul, Minnesota, informally regulated brothel prostitution. Each month, the madams who ran the brothels were charged with keeping houses of ill fame and fined in the city's municipal court...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

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9780814208076 | Ohio State Univ Pr, January 1, 1999, cover price $21.95 | About this edition: For eighteen years following the Civil War, the police in St.

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9780814250075 | Ohio State Univ Pr, January 1, 1999, cover price $21.95 | About this edition: For eighteen years following the Civil War, the police in St.

Product Description: Constructionist theory describes and analyzes social problems as emerging through the efforts of claimsmakers who bring issues to public attention. By typifying a problem and characterizing it as a particular sort, claimsmakers can shape policymaking and public response to the problem...read more
By Joel Best (editor)

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9783110149531 | 2nd edition (Walter De Gruyter Inc, July 1, 1995), cover price $49.95
9780202305387 | 2 sub edition (Aldine De Gruyter, May 1, 1995), cover price $57.95
9780202303529 | Aldine De Gruyter, September 1, 1989, cover price $46.95 | also contains Miss Annie

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9783110149524 | 2nd edition (Aldine De Gruyter, July 1, 1995), cover price $26.95 | About this edition: Constructionist theory describes and analyzes social problems as emerging through the efforts of claimsmakers who bring issues to public attention.
9780202305394 | 2 edition (Aldine De Gruyter, May 1, 1995), cover price $33.95 | About this edition: Constructionist theory describes and analyzes social problems as emerging through the efforts of claimsmakers who bring issues to public attention.
9780202303536 | Aldine De Gruyter, November 1, 1989, cover price $24.95 | also contains Astro City 6 La edad oscura / The Dark Age: Hermanos Y Otros Extranos / Brothers and Other Strangers

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Product Description: Increasingly, sociologists have turned their attention to the social problems of children– in particular, of younger children. This collection reflects those recent interest. While most researchers have focused on social problems involving adolescents, this volume offers instead original case studies of problems concerning preadolescent children...read more
By Joel Best (editor)

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9780202304915 | Aldine De Gruyter, June 1, 1994, cover price $55.95 | About this edition: Increasingly, sociologists have turned their attention to the social problems of children– in particular, of younger children.

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9780202304922 | Aldine De Gruyter, June 1, 1994, cover price $32.95 | About this edition: Increasingly, sociologists have turned their attention to the social problems of children– in particular, of younger children.

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Product Description: An exploration of the social organization of deviants and deviance.

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9780133363555 | 2 fac sub edition (Prentice Hall, January 1, 1994), cover price $76.00 | About this edition: An exploration of the social organization of deviants and deviance.
9780136416050 | Prentice Hall, December 1, 1981, cover price $31.25 | About this edition: MySearchLab provides students with a complete understanding of the research process so they can complete research projects confidently and efficiently.

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Product Description: Child abuse, incest, child molestation, Halloween sadism, child pornography: although clearly not new problems, they have attracted more attention than ever before. Threatened Children asks why. Joel Best analyzes the rhetorical tools used by child advocates when making claims aimed at raising public anxiety and examines the media's role in transmitting reformers' claims and the public's response to the frightening statistics, compelling examples, and expanding definitions it confronts...read more

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9780226044255 | Univ of Chicago Pr, November 1, 1990, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: Child abuse, incest, child molestation, Halloween sadism, child pornography: although clearly not new problems, they have attracted more attention than ever before.

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9780226044262 | Reprint edition (Univ of Chicago Pr, March 1, 1993), cover price $32.00 | About this edition: Child abuse, incest, child molestation, Halloween sadism, child pornography: although clearly not new problems, they have attracted more attention than ever before.

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Product Description: Although there is growing concern over Satanism as a threat to American life, the topic has received surprisingly little serious attention. Recognizing this, the editors of this volume have selected papers from a wide variety of disciplines, broadly covering contemporary aspects of Satanism from the vantage points of studies in folklore, cults, religion, deviance, rock music, rumor, and the mass media...read more

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9780202303789 | Aldine De Gruyter, July 1, 1991, cover price $57.95 | About this edition: Although there is growing concern over Satanism as a threat to American life, the topic has received surprisingly little serious attention.

Paperback:

9780202303796 | Aldine De Gruyter, November 1, 1991, cover price $41.95 | About this edition: Although there is growing concern over Satanism as a threat to American life, the topic has received surprisingly little serious attention.

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