Hustlers, Beats and Others by Ned Polsky

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Pelican, 1969.

'Ranging from pool hustling to pornography, this book analyses perceived 'deviant branches' of American life, dispels misconceptions about them, and throws new light on sociological theory and method. Each chapter radically dissents from one or more mainstream opinions about deviance.

The author's unusual blend of empirical, theoretical, and methodological contributions to the study of deviance is enlivened by a witty yet disputatious style, for Mr. Polsky believes that polemical scholarship improves the quality of intellectual life by forcing genteel discussion to become genuine debate.'