Sum5-Adler-Shizucola - Summary: Adler, Ch.7 Labeling Theory...

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Summary: Adler, Ch.7 Labeling Theory The interactionist perspective of being ‘deviant’ assumes that people who have broken a rule automatically become deviant, and are therefore alike. What it doesn’t take into account is that the system that labels deviance is highly subjective and failure to acknowledge this will result in wildly inconsistent results when examining the backgrounds of deviantly labeled individuals. The reason deviance is subjective is because it must be differentiated from rule-breaking behavior. Pre-existing rules define rule-breaking behavior. But society determines deviance. And regardless of the rule-breaking behavior in which deviance is intended to identify, it is very much possible that deviance can be incorrectly, inconsistently or ambiguously applied to an individual. The most prominent factors are the environment (time/situation/political climate), the individual
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This note was uploaded on 06/20/2010 for the course SOC 4111 taught by Professor Uggen during the Spring '10 term at University of Minnesota Crookston.

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Sum5-Adler-Shizucola - Summary: Adler, Ch.7 Labeling Theory...

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