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Day 16 - Introduction to Sociology Day 16 Societal Reaction...

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Introduction to Sociology – Day 16 Societal Reaction Perspective Deviance has no existence independent of the negative reaction of people who condemn it Behaviors are not deviant in themselves Naturally Deviant Acts Murder: depends on the way societal reaction are organized Rape? A problem of definition? Incest? The only ‘universal’ in deviance is a matter not of content but of the process by which definitions of acts and persons as deviant are socially generated and applied Three Main Concerns: The social-historical development of deviant labels The application of these labels to certain types of people in specific times and places, and The symbolic and practical consequences to the labeling process Social Reaction Perspective is commonly called labeling perspective Labeling George Herbert Meade “ The Psychology of Punitive Justice” (1918) Power of criminal labeling is like “that of the angel with the fiery sword at the gate who
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