Labeling Theory - Instead they propose that deviance is...

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Labeling Theory -- Anomie Theorists hold that certain groups in our society are under special pressure to engage in deviant acts b/c of social and cultural constraints. .. E.g., people who are young, male and poor are believed to exhibit higher rates of deviance b/c they face more barriers to achieve valued status. -- Labeling theory begins with a very different notion> viz., all people break rules and engage in deviance at one time or another. (They even break serious rules for which they could be jailed, e.g., theft, vandalism, statutory rape, drinking and driving, tax violations. ..) Yet, only some people get the label of deviant. .. -- Labeling theorists highlight the fact that "rule breaking does not a deviant make."
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Unformatted text preview: Instead, they propose that deviance is created through a political process> Certain groups have the power to define others as deviant> These groups have the power to force rule breakers or norm violators to play the role of deviant and to think of themselves as deviant. ..-- Labeling theorists thus focus their attention on the processes of deviance creation and definition - i.e., the political processes through which rules are made and/or applied, and through which those who break these rules are labeled ...-- The political aspects of deviance creation process is revealed when one looks at who tends to become "labeled," monitored, and, in turn, arrested (as revealed in the Chambliss article on policing)...
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