Unformatted text preview: and characteristics become interpreted. ..-- "Labeling" theorists stress that labeling someone as deviant tends to force him to identify himself as deviant and to associate with other deviants, which in turn reinforces his deviance and leads him down the path of a deviant "career." Key point : Deviance is not inherent to particular acts or attributes; instead, it is something that gets created and defined through social and POLITICAL processes. .. What becomes most important in understanding "deviance" is understanding who has the POWER to apply the label of deviant to particular acts, attributes, or individuals. .. This was clearly illustrated in the assigned readings you took the quiz on - particularly the Chambliss article on policing. .....
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- Fall '10
- Sociology, Primary deviance, Chambliss, rule breaking behavior