Justifiable Conduct: Self-Vindication in Memoir (BOK)

Erich Goode

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How do memoirists make their work interesting, daring, exciting, and unorthodox enough so that they attract an audience, yet not so heinous and scandalous that their readers can't empathize or identify with them? In Justifiable Conduct, renowned sociologist Erich Goode explores the different strategies memoirists use to "neutralize" their supposed wrongdoing and fashion a more positive image of themselves for audiences. He examines how writers, including James Frey, Susan Cheever, Roman Polanski, Charles Van Doren and Elia Kazan, explain, justify, contextualize, excuse, or warrant their participation in criminal behaviour, substance abuse, sexual transgressions, political radicalism, and other improprieties. Using a theory of deviance neutralization, Goode assesses the types of behaviour exhibited by these memoirists to draw out generic narratives that are most effective in attempting to absolve the actor-author. Despite the highly individualistic and variable lives of these writers, Goode demonstrates that memoirists use a conventional vocabulary for their unconventional behaviour. Erich Goode is Sociology Professor Emeritus at Stony Brook University. He has published ten books (including Moral Panics, The Paranormal, Deviant Behavior, and Drugs in American Society), seven anthologies, and articles that have appeared in magazines, newspapers, and an array of academic journals. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and has taught at half-a-dozen universities, including the University of Maryland, New York University, and the University of North Carolina.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Erich Goode
Combined Academic Publishers
ISBN 9781439910269
Antall sider 224 Dimensjoner 16,7cm x 21,5cm x 1,2cm
Vekt 304 gram Emner og form Crime & criminology, Social issues & processes, Social, group or collective psychology