sdfkj - 11/13/2006 9:50:00 AM Labeling Theory: Criminal...

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13/11/2006 09:50:00 Labeling Theory: Criminal Labels and Their Effects Crime and criminals have no objective reality o Crime and criminality exist purely within perceptive of others o If someone is perceived as a criminal, are a criminal Like Derkheim’s crime in the community of saints o Group of very strictly rule-abiding ppl and how those ppl would pick on  certain behaviors and call them crimes No extraneous factors that make something a crime Fluctuations in crime statistics were probably due to change in the operation of  the criminal justice system o Don’t reflect any kind of objective reality Howard Becker o Crimes themselves and criminals themselves were creation of criminal  justice agents o You’re a criminal because criminal justice system says criminal Classical perspective o Major theme is organization criminal justice Positivist perspective
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course SOC 223 taught by Professor Mcconell during the Spring '08 term at UVA.

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