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Labeling Theory Explain the basic tenets of labeling theory. Basic tenets behind labeling theory involve somewhat social contracts between people and ourselves. If I define myself a certain way, I must accept the way you perceive me. By acting the way I do, I am saying, “This is who I am, and you may expect certain things from me because of it”. Also in labeling yourself as something, you will begin to act more and more like it as you see and experience the way people treat you. If I am labeled as criminal and everyone around me treats me as a criminal, I am more likely to engage in criminal behavior because of this perception due to my label. There is nothing to stop me from acting as others think that I will
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Unformatted text preview: act. I wouldn’t break anyone’s views of me. “Oh, he’s a criminal, that’s why”, would be their response. On the other hand, if I present myself as trustworthy and responsible, the way others interact with me would be changed if I were to engage in criminal behavior. This time the label of “noncriminal” causes me to stay away from crime and other deviant behavior. This theory also allows for the idea that some people will commit crimes or change once labeled by society. This theory has helped me understand the labels that we put on people. The general idea of the theory is that are actions are partially based on how others perceive us and what they expect of us....
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