Patricia Adler

Ketchum Office: 
Qualitative & Interpretive Sociology
Crime and Deviance
Office Hours: 
By appointment only; Tues 3:00 - 5:00pm, Thurs 1:00 - 2:00pm
Other Title: 
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Program

Patricia A. Adler (Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, 1984) is Professor of Sociology. Dr. Adler is a leading qualitative sociologist who edited the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography for eight years and whose work has been widely included in collections of ethnographic methods published over the last 20 years. Her major research projects have focused on the hedonism and materialism of upper-level drug traffickers, the socialization and role conflict of Division I college athletes, the identity dynamics and peer culture of preadolescents, the occupational culture and lifestyle of Hawaiian resort workers, and the social transformation and hidden subcultures of self-injurers. Her qualitative specialties are depth participant observation, unstructured life-history interviewing, and cyber research, with particular emphasis on inductive theoretical analysis. Professor Adler regularly teaches the seminars on Qualitative Methods and Qualitative Analysis.

deviance, field research, socialization and youth, sociology of drugs, sociology of leisure and work, sociology of sport

Classical Sociological Thought (graduate), Contemporary Sociological Thought (graduate), Deviant Behavior, Field Research Methods (graduate and undergraduate), Ethnographic Analysis (graduate), and Ethnographic Writing (graduate).


Adler, Patricia A. and Peter Adler. The Tender Cut: Self-Injury in the Cyber Age. In press with New York University Press. 

Adler, Patricia A. and Peter Adler. Paradise Laborers: Hotel Work in the Global Economy. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2004.

Adler, Patricia A. and Peter Adler. Peer Power: Preadolescent Culture and Identity. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1998. Published in, 2000. Published digitally with Questia Media, Inc., 2001.

Adler, Patricia A. and Peter Adler (eds.), Constructions of Deviance: Social Power, Context, and Interaction. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, Sixth Edition, Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2009.

Articles in Refereed Journals
Adler, Patricia A. and Peter Adler. 2008. “The Cyber Worlds of Self-Injurers: Deviant Communities, Relationships, and Selves.” Symbolic Interaction, 31(1): 33-56. 

Adler, Patricia A. and Peter Adler. 2008. Presidential Address: “Of Rhetoric and Representation: The Four Faces of Ethnography.” The Sociological Quarterly, 49(1): 1-30. 

Adler, Patricia A. and Peter Adler. 2007. “The Demedicalization of Self-Injury: From Psychopathology to Sociological Deviance.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 36(5): 537-70.

Translated into Dutch by Professor Frans Spierings, University of Rotterdam, for the National Self-Harm Network of the Netherlands,, 2008.

Adler, Patricia A. and Peter Adler. 2006. “The Deviance Society.” Deviant Behavior 27: 129-48.

Translated into Italian by Professor Raffaele Rauty, Università di Salerno, and published as a book in the series, "Esplorations," Marlin, Salerno: Cava dei Tirreni Press, 2009.

Adler, Patricia A. and Peter Adler. 2005. “The Identity Career of the Graduate Student: Professional Socialization to Academic Sociology.” The American Sociologist 36(2): 11-27.
Adler, Patricia A. and Peter Adler. 2005. “Self-Injurers as Loners: the Social Organization of Solitary Deviance.” Deviant Behavior 26(4): 345-78.

Chapters in Books
Adler, Patricia A. and Peter Adler, “Deviant Identity.” Concise Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, George Ritzer and J. Michael Ryan (Co-Editors), 2009.
Adler, Patricia A. and Peter Adler. “Using a Gestalt Perspective to Analyze Children’s Worlds.” In William Shaffir, Antony Puddephatt, and Steven Kleinknecht (eds.),Ethnographies Revisited: The Stories Behind the Story. New York: Routledge, 2009.
Adler, Patricia A. and Peter Adler. “Self-Injury.” In Claire M. Renzetti and Jeffrey L. Edleson (eds.), Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2008.
Adler, Patricia A. and Peter Adler. “Self-Harm.” In Michael Flood, Judith Kegan Gardiner, Bob Pease, and Keith Pringle (eds.), International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities Volume 1. London: Routledge, 2007.