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Labeling theory While all three contribute to society in their own ways, functionalism, symbolic interactionism, and conflict theory are all different. Conflict theory refers to the criminal justice system and the abuse of power. Symbolic interactionism specifically refers to the ideas of how people think, what people think about others, and how that affects them. Functionalism concerns the subject around social control, social acceptance, and conformity (Griffiths et all., 2017). The concept of the labeling theory within symbolic interactionism refers to the focus of society’s reaction to deviant behavior as opposed to the actual deviant behavior itself. Edwin Lemert, the sociologist who expanded research on labeling theory, created primary and secondary deviance. He categorized primary deviance as an act of deviance that society would classify as insignificant, and one that will not have any long-term effects on someone (Griffiths et al., 2017). He uses a speeding ticket as an example. Speeding is an act of deviance, but no one

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