Unit 6 Tracy Elmore Law and Society

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Unit 6 Tracy Elmore In the article Ironies of Social Control, this article brings out many key arguments. It discusses how theoretical approaches neglect a crucial level of analysis: the specific context within rule breaking occurs. Mainly interactive behaviors emerge. Normal violations of these behaviors lead to social responses. Other theorists believe these social controls to being a main factor in the deviant act. With both sides of the perspective having social control creates the deviant acts, as well as, not having social control causes the deviant behaviors and violations in the laws. Currently the theories show only two groups, autonomous or a pawn of broad social and cultural forces, drawing a line between the two.
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Unformatted text preview: Not showing interdependency, the “criminals” are on one side or the other, creating the labeling perspective. Through this labeling it is given that the authorities, what is historical of the “rule breaker”, the history will repeat itself. This labeling gives then another set of labels to three ideal-types: a) Escalation b) Non-enforcement c) Covert facilitation In the end, each of the rule breakers are set to one of the particular social groups or the other . It is the theory that with the labeling and what has been historical will repeat itself within either the autonomous or the pawn of broad social and cultural forces. And with or without social control the deviant acts will occur regardless....
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This note was uploaded on 09/12/2010 for the course LS LS308 taught by Professor Ford during the Spring '10 term at Kaplan University.

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