Lecture+_5+9-16 - Sociology of Deviant Behavior Agenda for...

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Sociology of Deviant Behavior
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Agenda for Today Quiz today! 1 st photo assignments Becker Costello
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Photo Assignments Jeff Cooper
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Becker Part 1 Chapter 3
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I. Labeling Theory of Deviance: A Definition
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A. Deviance is created by society Social groups create the rules whose violation constitutes deviance Those same groups apply their rules to persons it labels as outsiders
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B. Deviance is relative not absolute Deviance is not an objective, inherent quality of the act a person commits, but the result of the application of rules and sanctions to an “offender” A deviant is someone who has been successfully labeled as deviant
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II. Consequences of A Labeling Perspective for the Study of Deviance
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deviant do not represent a homogenous category A person’s deviant status is the result of the responses of others to that person’s actual or presumed act The process of labeling is not infallible: some persons may be innocent and wrongfully convicted of something they have not done
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Lecture+_5+9-16 - Sociology of Deviant Behavior Agenda for...

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