Good Trouble How Deviants, Criminals, Heretics, and Outsiders Have Changed the World for the Better

Auteur: Brian Wolf
Taal: Engels
Good Trouble
Auteur: Brian Wolf
Uitgever: Lexington Books
  • Engels
  • Hardcover
  • 9781498563444
  • mei 2019
  • 204 pagina's
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This book is written in praise of the criminal; a unique kind of criminal, who is motivated not by personal gain, but ethical altruism. Deviant heroes are those individuals who violate unjust norms and laws, facing the repercussions of social control, effecting positive social change in the process. Using a method that examines how the biographies of individual deviants intersected with history, it probes how criminals and deviants have been on the leading edge of important, positive social changes and the creation of a more just, fair, and humane society. Brian Wolf concludes with an examination of the problem of conformity and how deviant heroism in everyday life may be a remedy for injustice in micro-level social contexts.


Good Trouble expands the field of deviance to recognize the power and often heroic nature of ethical altruism, disciplined nonconformity, and those who resist norms and break laws in the name of truth, justice, and equality. The book, using case studies, provides a social accounting of history that recognizes the great debt owed to our deviant heroes, those willing to break the rules, risk arrest and often their lives, in the name of progressive social change and resistance to oppression. Good Trouble is timely, relevant, and accessible to students of all ages and backgrounds. A must read for deviance scholars. -- Terressa A. Benz, Oakland University A fascinating take on the 'creative side' of the sociology of deviance and crime, and very timely too! Wolf's book provides a breath of fresh air in a field dominated by stuffy, cop-shop criminology. One of the real strengths of this study is its use of detailed case studies to exemplify each of the main types of 'heroic deviance,' including civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King, and many others who have engaged in 'good trouble' to achieve progressive social change. -- Michael Blain, Boise State University, author of Progressive Violence: Theorizing the War on Terror A thoughtful and productive sociological perspective on how those persons thought of as deviant or even criminal, but who are motivated by ethical altruism, can contribute to positive changes in society. Using the concepts of deviant heroism and a special kind of criminal, Brian Wolf focuses on numerous individuals and social movements that have created important social changes in this country. He discusses, for example, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and John Lewis and the civil rights movement; Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Sanger and women's movements; and Joe Hill and Cesar Chavez and labor movements. These monumental people and events are seen here through a new lens, providing insights into modes of social activism which can help to overcome our current divisive political and cultural contexts, and continuing structural injustices. -- Eric L. Jensen, University of Idaho



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