Chapter 12 talks about drinking and alcoholism. This disease is more widely accepted by U.S. society, but it still holds some level of deviance, especially considering the fact that many alcohol abusers are underage. Thio talks about the probable causes of alcoholism and the effects of this disease on people in both the micro and macro forms. Controlling alcoholism has proven very difficult and Thio gives the reader some hope and understanding within this topic as well in Chapter 12. Alcoholism is often a tough subject to explore since many people have experienced it in one way or another. The author gives an excellent, comprehensive explanation of this disease and shows how it can lead to other diseases and disorders as well as working on concert with other known problems within the brain such as chronic addiction and other mental disorders.
Chapter 13 in Thios book is entitled “White Collar and Governmental Deviance.” This topic is often less discussed when it comes to common forms of deviance because it has been internalized as less deviant or less “bad” by the general population. However, there exists within this white collar realm the same need for ideals, norms, values, and mores, and therefore, there also exists deviance from these precepts. Within the bounds of this type of deviance are corporate and occupational deviance, both of which are defined quite specifically in the U.S.
Chapter 14 deals with economic deviance in a very broad fashion.
This type of deviance involves theft, robbery, burglary and organized crime. These types of deviance are everywhere, and have been regarded as deviant for millennia. This chapter also discusses the ties between these types of crime and deviance and ethnicity. This issue is brought up in other chapters, but due to the nature of the deviance discussed in this chapter, Thio presents an excellent argument of structuralist approaches relative to the idea that ethnicity and simple crimes like theft can be explained in concert.
The final chapter in Thios book deals with internet deviance. This type of deviance is often construed as just internet pornography or cyber relations, but the internet represents a potential for deviance in the frequency and types of use. Society posits that people who spend too much time on the computer or online playing certain types of games are socially deviant. There are entire online communities and lives that people often lead which are regarded as non-normal. The types of categorical deviance related to the internet are many, and this topic is relatively new and was not included in some of Thios earlier editions of.