4032 words - 16 pages
When looking at any theory it is important to take into consideration the social context in which it is developed. One major factor of the social context when labeling theory was developed was the lack of trust in the American government by the citizens. Multiple events led to this sense of distrust in the government, such as the race riots and the Kent State University protest, which ended in violence and death for many. These events causing the level of distrust can be seen as beneficial for labeling theorists. Paternoster and Bachman (2013) say that labeling theory began to develop in the late 1960’s in America which was when we were at a time of both political
2539 words - 11 pages
The Labeling Theory-also referred to as Social Reaction Theory- asserts that crime is a label attached to wrongdoing, and often the label becomes a stigma that increases criminality. The Labeling Theory became most dominant between the early 1960s and the late 1970s. The labeling theory says that deviant individuals are deviant mainly because they are seen deviant by society; individuals who are labeled as deviant may be likely to reject themselves and act deviantly because of the label. Labeled individuals could include prostitutes, former criminals, nerds, alcoholics, etc. The labeling process can be simplified into six steps: initial criminal act, detection by the justice system
1812 words - 7 pages
Many people might think that sex offenders are repugnant to society and that people who commit sex crimes should be removed from our society. The reality is that many people do not know that most people who commit sex offenses are normal people. In most cases, they are hardworking people who got caught doing something our society ‘thinks’ is wrong and get labelled sex offenders. This is where Labeling Theory comes into places, because it focus on social and institutional responses to an individual. The book PERVERTS and PREDATORS: The Making of Sexual Offending Laws talks about the emerging of Perverts and Predators, and which types of people society labels “Pervert and Predators.”
3497 words - 14 pages
Deviance, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. There is nothing inherently deviant in any human act, something is deviant only because some people have been successful in labelling it so. J. L Simmons The definition of the situation implies that if you define a situation as real, it is real only in its consequences.INTRODUCTIONLabelling theory, stemming from the influences of Cooley, Mead, Tannenbaum, and Lemert, has its origins somewhere within the context of the twentieth century. However, Edwin Lemert is widely considered the producer and founder of the original version of labelling theory. This paper, not a summary, provides a brief history of labelling theory, as well as, its
692 words - 3 pages
According to labeling theory, deviance is a product of a societal reaction to behaviour. A label is created as a reaction to an isolated incident by agents of social control. The recipient then internalizes the label and absorbs it into their self identity. Once they identify with the label, the individual will act in ways that fulfill the label. The focus of labeling theory is on the process of how the label leads to further delinquent behaviour. The cause of the initial act of deviance is of less concern than how societies reaction to the act creates a condition for further deviance. Thus the focus of study on labeling theory is more concerned with secondary deviance. While the initial
1911 words - 8 pages
Many have attempted to explain gang involvement in today's society. However, there is an underlying activity of youth joining gangs that does not seem to have enough media coverage or thorough explanations. As the name suggests, youth gang membership is about the juvenile population creating and joining gangs. Research indicates that youth gang membership exists in contemporary north America (Bernburg et al. 2006; aLilly et al. 2011; Maclure and Sotelo 2004; Sims 1997; Wiley et al. 2013; Yoder et al. 2003). This paper will examine the factors associated with youth gang membership using Karl Marx's conflict theory and labeling theory in comparison. Although conflict theory helps explain why
1120 words - 5 pages
Labelling theory is how an individual’s behaviour and self-identity maybe determined or influenced by the labels used to classify them. The concepts of the self-fulfilling prophecy and stereotyping can be associated with this theory. This theory focuses on the tendency to label negatively, minority groups or those that are perceived as deviant from cultural norms. Developed in the 1950s and 1960s by sociologists, with Howard Beckers book in 1963, Outsiders: Studies in the Sociology of Deviance being influential in the development of this theory as its used today. Henslin (232) states that symbolic interactionists as having developed labelling theory, which focuses on the significance of
989 words - 4 pages
Summarise labelling theory and then consider its effectiveness in considering youth crime and anti-social behaviour in contemporary British society
Labelling theory is the theory of how applying a label to an individual influences their lifestyle, and how the social reaction to this label influences the individual.
"...social groups create deviance by making rules whose infraction creates deviance, and by applying those roles to particular people and labelling them as outsiders. From this point of view, deviance is not a quality of the act the person commits, but rather a consequence of the application by other of rules and sanctions to an 'offender.' The deviant is one to whom that
659 words - 3 pages
There is something about a human being nature that wants to know what is going around him and we are constantly making decisions based on that acquired knowledge. Sometimes we are proud and defensive of the decisions we make and other times we regret our choices. Cognitive dissonance theory addresses the idea of, “one’s self-image is inconsistent with one’s beliefs, attitudes, or behaviors” (Gass & Seiter, 2013, p. 63). It goes on explaining about why we might do things that do not match our ideology on life or a certain issues and how “persuasive messages can be tailored to either increase or decrease in dissonance” (Gass & Seiter, 2013, p. 64).
Application and Analysis
2780 words - 11 pages
labeling theory and its approach to a person's acceptance of labels as attached by society. George Mead's theory is less concerned with the micro-level focus on the deviant and more concerned with the macro-level process of separating the conventional and the condemned (Pfohl 1994).
In Mind, Self, and Society (1934), Mead describes the perception of self as formed within the context of social process (Wright 1984). The self is the product of the mind's perception of social symbols and interactions (www.d.umn.edu ). The self exists in objective reality and is then internalized into the conscious (Wright 1984). The idea of shifting the focus away from the individual deviant and looking at how
1452 words - 6 pages
A child’s self-esteem often times comes from their status in a group of their peers, their family, school life and in society. With that in mind, society still decides to label youths as deviants, delinquents and status offenders ultimately changing their own views on their self-image. This affects the way youths think about themselves and how they will play a role in society. It also affects the way society will later treat them and whether or not they become an outsider. Labeling youths is an unnecessary evil that often times changes children into criminals.
To understand labeling we must first look at its definition. Labeling Theory is a theoretical approach to deviant behavior
1742 words - 7 pages
a person with no preference to any moral theory.
Back on topic, this is due in part, to the fact that the general public does not have a legitimate source of information for purchasing foods with GMOs. Some of the governments of the countries with the mandatory labeling laws have run their own evaluations on the safety of GMOs. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch stated that, “Government-sponsored assessments repeatedly have shown that GMOs are as safe and nutritious as their conventionally created counterparts” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch 13). The only problem with this is that a great number of people do not feel the same way about GMOs. Not to mention that when consumers do not have many
841 words - 4 pages
Social Process theories are the process of interaction between individuals and society for their explanatory power. In other words a theory in which individuals feel as if society is not helping them leave helpful lives. Some of the theories within Social Process are Social Learning theory, Social Control theory, and Labeling theory. Social Learning theory focuses on what an individual learns from observing others in society. Social Control theory focuses on the bond between people that will shape how that individual will act. Labeling theory is when society gives labels to criminals that may causes them to act like criminals even when they may not be criminals.
Social Learning theory is
965 words - 4 pages
. Teenagers could also think that they are gaining power by abusing drugs. They are showing their social group or the law enforcement that they are above them in terms of power.
Interaction theory is how behaviors get defined as deviant and how certain groups get labeled deviant. It also focuses on how deviance is a socially constructed phenomenon. This is simply a theory of how people understand other people. Interaction theory has 3 different sub categories: differential association, labeling theory, and control theory. Differential association is people learn about criminal behavior through association with others who engage in crime. Differential association was proposed by Edwin H
1340 words - 5 pages
into a full-fledged deviant or outsider (Becker, 2005). According to Becker, after the individual has been labeled as deviant, they progress down the path of a deviant Behavior and it becomes hard to shake off the deviant label as others see it as a master status of the individual. He points out that when studying deviant people one should not take their deviance for granted, as one cannot assume that these people have actually committed a deviant act or broken some rule, because the process of labeling theory may not be infallible. In other words, to be deviant behavior deviant does not necessarily mean that the individual is, or has been deviant in the past. In addition, Kai T. Erikson (2005
1421 words - 6 pages
of the same needs and values.
The weak points of the theory of Edwin Sutherland are (1) doesn't specifically answer why everyone in contact with an excess of criminal behavior patterns doesn't become criminal and (2) differential Association also fails to tell us how the first criminal became a criminal.
A group of labeling theorists began exploring how and why certain acts were defined as criminal or deviant and why other such acts were not. They questioned how and why certain people thus became defined as criminal or deviant. Such theorists viewed criminals not as evil persons who engaged in wrong acts but as individuals who had a criminal status placed upon them by both the
1528 words - 7 pages
juvenile delinquents. The blind side shows that this is theory can be very true because, with the loving relationship that is formed between Michael and the Tuohy family he starts a journey on the brink of becoming delinquent and at the end he becomes a successful law abiding adult.
In the movie when Michael is first enteringWingate Christian School ("The Blind Side (2009) - Plot Summary.") the teachers talk about how Michael was pushed through all of his classes in his previous schools and that there is no way he can do the work in their school. They are labeling him as being too stupid. This is labeling theory; “Howard Becker developed this theory (also known as social reaction theory) in
1559 words - 6 pages
the acceptance and accommodation limit of the particular community.
Different sociological theories have been put across in describing deviant behaviors. They include: cultural transmission/differential association theory; control theory; labeling theory; structural strain theory/anomie theory; subcultural theories; and medicalization of deviance (Sociological Theories to Explain Deviance). However, there are certain theoretical perspectives in sociology that may also discuss deviance. They include: conflict perspective; symbolic interactionist perspective; and structural functionalism/order perspective.
The cultural transmission/differential association theory states that all human
1642 words - 7 pages
. Hence, creating new laws and stricter enforcement only helps to inform the public of how serious a problem drug use is and in turn, is labeled as deviant behavior.
Now knowing why society believes illicit drug use is considered a deviant act, what type of theories can be best used to evaluate them? First, one has to know a brief explanation of each theory and the reasoning behind each theory. These theories care designed to address a problem area and gain insight into why these problems exist.
There are many different types of theories, but this paper will focus on three. The first being the labeling theory. The second being the conflict theory and the last being the learning theory. All
784 words - 3 pages
their problems during nearly every group therapy session they have. She is therefore reinforcing the problems that they are believed to have, ultimately making them feel mentally unstable and unable to leave the facility. It is interesting to note that only two people in mental hospital have to be there, the others are free to leave when they feel they are healed. Nurse Rachet is using what has been defined as the labeling theory. Nurse Rachet is in a position of power, which makes the labels she gives the characters hold true not only to outsiders, but also to the characters themselves. “Once a person is designated abnormal, all of his other behaviors and characteristics are colored by
929 words - 4 pages
this said, it is important to keep in mind that social norms differ from culture to culture. One act that may be considered deviant in a particular society, may be generally accepted in another. Three main sociological theories of deviance include the cultural transmission theory (also known as the differential association theory), the labeling theory, and the control theory.
If we take a look certain agents of socialization, for example, a school system, it becomes very easy to pinpoint and understand the facets of the cultural transmission theory. This theory considers deviance to be a behavior that is learned through interactions with other people. Within a social institution, such as a
801 words - 4 pages
society places on individuals using institutions such as churches schools work places and families, most people would commit crime.
The society may also compel individuals into committing crime by mere labeling. The community may form a perspective and label an individual a suspect to whichever crime that happens in the community. Most of these people finally turn into criminal behavior this is in line with the labeling theory. Person K was a dreadlocked black citizen who was a habitual criminal. He claimed to be a victim of criminal labeling even when he had nothing to do with a crime.
945 words - 4 pages
stereotypes bring about partisan attitudes, which are acted upon in inequitable behavior. Secondary deviation refers to the labels positioned upon people by society's response and feedback and how they come to act the part. Goffman's (1969) a scholar, has his works being very influential on stigmatization. Stigmatizing circumstances can be defined as settings that position their possessors apart from so called normal individual that smudge them as communally intolerable or inferior human beings.
The labeling theory is an interactional perspective which involves a process of identifying, defining and considering behavior as deviant being the central concern. This is partly because deviance or
999 words - 4 pages
secure confinement as many first offenders of minor, nonviolent crimes as possible and treating them in the community (Siegel, 2012). There are two theories that support this perspective, the labeling theory and critical criminology. Critical criminology is a view that crime results because the rich and powerful impose their own moral standards and economic interests on the rest of society (Siegel, 2012). Critical criminology theorists suggest that crime in any society is caused by class conflict (Siegel, 2012). Laws are created by those is power to protect their rights and interests (Siegel, 2012). One of the theory's most important premises is that the justice system is biased and designed to
1372 words - 5 pages
significance of analyzing deviance through its functions in society, the impact of power on what constitutes deviance, where two theoretical approaches will be highlighted, namely the Conflict Theory and significantly the Labeling Theory, in the context of homosexuality. We will further examine the social and political implications deriving from the Labeling Theory in particular, such as the notion of stigma and its consequences.It is paradoxical that deviance is simultaneously pathological and contributory to the make-up of society; deviant behaviour conventionally denotes the violation of social norms, on the other hand deviance is normal and universal, and actually helps maintain social order
1057 words - 5 pages
Agnew also points out another factor which contributes to criminal behaviour but which does not fit into the life domains; the factor of prior crime. I feel this factor is not analyzed enough in theories except for the labeling theory which explains that by attaching a stigma to an individual's life their deviant behaviour will only escalate. We focus on the steps which lead to crime but not the after affects of having already committed the crime. Agnew believes that although having engaged in crime the probability of future engagement foes increase, it does not always lead to further crime explaining that there are two factors which effect prior crimes; 1. how others react and 2
2352 words - 10 pages
determination of how people respond to strain (Matthews, 2011). In this approach, self-complexity was defined as the number of individual “identities” people perceive as being important to them, combined with various personality traits that are attached to each of these identities (Matthews, 2011). This approach seems to incorporate an aspect of labeling theory as self-perception influences the degree to which strain provides incentive to participate in criminal and delinquent behaviour. The study yielded mixed results but did demonstrate a modest link between high self-complexity inhibiting participation in crime (Matthews, 2011). However, much like the empirical research done on Hirschi’s
1434 words - 6 pages
crime Two theories that that can explain the rise of the catfish phenomenon are the anomie/ strain theory and the labeling theory. The strain theory and the labeling theory can both be used to describe the widespread act of catfishing. Although one provides a better explanation to the act of catfishing someone and a better plan for preventing it.
Robert K. Merton established the stain theory from Emile Durkheim anomie theory. Merton felt as though the individuals in society wanted to become successful yet there was an obstacle that prevented them to reach that goal that society feels that people should obtain. He also felt that success was the driving force in society. However, many find it
645 words - 3 pages
deviance.Alternatively, the integrationist theory regards deviance as an outcome of the labeling interaction process occurring between people (Clinard M, Sociology of Deviant Behavior, 1963). Thus "deviance...... is a consequence of the application by others of rules and sanctions to an offender"(Becker, 1963 cited in Blackwell Synergy - Br J Sociology Page 191). Becker argued that there is no such thing as an intrinsically deviant act until so perceived by others and labeled as such (van Krieken R. et al., Sociology: Themes and Perspectives, 2000). This theory whilst concentrating on deviance as a social construct also relates to socioeconomic status by the divide of goals between social groups and the
2073 words - 8 pages
third person acting as the mediator. This theory often works in family relationships and treatment can take some time and requires many sessions. As such it may be weak in that it depends on cooperation of the family in using the techniques to resolve a problem, such as in divorce, but because there may be two or more people involved, the results are often unpredictable.
Finally, the Sociological Theory is consisted of three theories: stress theory, structural strain theory, and labeling theory. The stress theory says that when there is a severe negative change in someone’s life, such as family arguments, or not having enough money to buy essential needs, you are more likely to suffer from
1163 words - 5 pages
the show to shake it at his wife as well as the criticizing audience. Most of the other men weren’t quite as creative as the first gentleman, (all pun intended), they would just beat the women bare knuckled for not listening or not obeying them as they saw fit. These behaviors that the men seemingly paraded around on national television can be explained by several of the theories discussed in class. The feminist theory, the labeling theory and the differential association theory are the ones that best relate to this behavior. The feminist theory is the theory that strongest relates to this issue because it strictly applies to one gender. It is very stereotyped when thinking of domestic
3552 words - 15 pages
you were a born criminal; therefor that is why you choose to do deviant acts.
These theories mean that you cannot punish somebody for a crime that they had no control over. The crime was committed due to an implication in the brain.
In contrast, the later sociological approaches to delinquency are labeling theory and differential association theory.
Sociological labeling theory is when an individual is labeled as a deviant person due to where the neighborhood is that they live in. If a person is not a delinquent, but lives in a delinquent area and is seen as a delinquent, they are likely to follow the label and join gangs and engage in delinquent behavior. This also follows the social
2460 words - 10 pages
continuously, and in the future may be able to grow in conditions unsuitable to natural crops. However, food biotechnology has many critics who claim that genetically modified (GM) plants are untested, immoral, unsafe, and therefore should be regulated more strictly or outlawed altogether. While humankind can by no means afford to abandon biotechnology, from this point onward we should proceed with considerable care with these modified plants that could permanently harm the environment.
At least in theory, GM plants can produce more, better, more nutritious food for less money, and they require less fertilizer and pesticides than their natural counterparts. Some of the many beneficial
2739 words - 11 pages
him a man. This scene shows the labeling theory because the negative minority group wants Tao to commit the same deviant behaviors to be a part of their group. Since Tao never had a label his cousin feels as if he needs to provide one for him. The labeling theory asks why some people committing some actions come to be defined as deviant, while others do not. Labeling theory is also interested in the effects of labeling on individuals.
During the last scene of the movie Walt knows what he has to do to protect Tao and his family and make sure that the gang causes no further harm to them. He has a plan to lure the gang into an intentional trap of having the gang
916 words - 4 pages
joining street gangs. Young people can be labeled as criminals based on a variety of reasons such as how they look, how they dress, where they live, and their economic class. Labeling theory is an approach to “deviance that attempts to explain why certain people are viewed as deviant while others engaging in the same behavior are not (Shaefer and Haaland, 2011, p. 156). When a young person is labeled as deviant, they face the stigma of being viewed as a criminal. Labeling also influences a young persons perception about themself, when a young person is labeled deviant (even if they are not) they may begin to view themselves as a criminal, which may cause them to join a street gang. Example
513 words - 2 pages
. Labeling food would not only allow people the choice to not use genetically engineered products, but it could help determine the reliability of the food. The government of the United States has deemed the genetically altered food safe for the publics consumption, yet hasn't conducted the extensive research required to prove their theory. In order to fully understand the dependability of genetically engineered food, it is essential that people know that they are ingesting it into their bodies, otherwise the possible side effects go unnoticed.When a plant s genetic structure has been altered, new proteins are added to the plant, proteins which throughout history have never been ingested by human
582 words - 2 pages
Stereotypes are the defining and labeling a specific group of people. All of us have a range of images of people, places, or things which are unique to our personal outlook, but these are of interest our mentalities which appear in our instant. Impacts of stereotyping in our multicultural groups are serious; it will mislead our ability of judgment. In "My Body Is My Own Business" Naheed Mustafa discusses her reasons of wearing the "Hijab", although she is not required to wear one, she does so anyway to strengthen herself. Stereotyping is a method to labeling people, but it will confuse us and we will unable to observe the truth of people in characteristics, ability and personality.The
1947 words - 8 pages
constant monitoring of what is right and wrong, good or bad. To add to this constant monitoring, behaviors which are acceptable in one culture may appear rude and unacceptable in other cultural settings, and therefore, the cultural understanding of deviance also varies. For a good understanding of the cultures perspective towards deviance, a number of theories have been put in place to explain the understanding on deviance in a setting today. The theories that explain how culture defines deviant are the cultural transmission theory, control theory, labeling theory, strain theory, and the subculture theory. Once the goals and the means are imbalanced the society experiences the ignorance of
1574 words - 7 pages
gradually step into the arena of secondary deviance. Labelling can also change the way someone behaves in their lives, especially if they cannot shake off that label. For example, a teenager who lives in a neighborhood that is full of gangsters may be labeled as a gangster. As a result, this teenager may start to believe that he/she are involved with the gang and start to engage with some gangster behaviour. There are several people who contributed to develop the labelling theory. Firstly, Lemert (1938) introduced the primary and secondary deviance. Primary deviance is the behavior that causes the initial labeling of a person as a deviant. Once that label has been established deviant
1555 words - 6 pages
example is Sears scammed poor people out of $100 million. Sears plead guilty and did not face any punishment. Another example of white-collar crime can be a political candidate running for the presidential office. After he raised enough money to satisfy himself; he then runs off with the money that was raised during the campaign. Often times, white-collar crimes go unpunished. Corporations or people in higher social positions have influential power: that power at often times is money. Bribery, embezzlement, evading and so on are the results of having wealth.
Main Concepts and Processes
Strain theory, differential association theory, and labeling theory are related to deviance. Robert
1458 words - 6 pages
I still don't fully understand how people use counseling to solve their personal problems. My guess is the doubt holed up in their minds is removed by a second opinion.My ignorance probably affects my choices as well. I wouldn't choose just one school of counseling instead I would take parts from two of the schools and make my own biased form of counseling. I say biased, for the reason of not having any experience in the field whatsoever. (With the exception of this class) Also its not really my opinion because I happen to agree with the self help concept and the anti-psychiatry stance taken by William Glasser.The theory I like the most is out of Carl Jung's Philosophy, "If it works use it
1450 words - 6 pages
There are two main types of class associated with education. These are working and middle class and both of these are very different and have very different views about education. Part of this may be down to the affluence of the area you come from. Taylor, M (2006) says, “In affluent areas in north London the study would expect 67% of 11 year old to achieve level 5 in nation English test. Children growing in more deprived areas such as Dudley, just 13% are likely to get top level 5 in English.” This puts the north/south divide theory into action, however it also shows that social class does take an effect on the children’s attitude to learning.
Labeling in primary schools can sometimes be
1701 words - 7 pages
Larter before long was checking Derek phone and breaking into his house, just to laid down on his side of the bed. She start to imagine and calming Derek as her “man”. Ail Larter start to send confidential picture to Derek e-mail in order to drive him closer to her. Derek wife immediately was overwhelmed with Ail Larter action. Derek wife soon decide to match up with her physically to finish her mania with Derek. Ail Larter end up dyeing in Derek house when Derek wife pushed her down the stair fighting.
Three theories that relate to Ail Larter are choice theory, labeling theory, and strain theory. When an individual’s commit a choice theory, they are aware of the opportunities before
741 words - 3 pages
, the general strain theory, the social control theory, the differential association theory, the labeling theory, the rational choice theory, the social learning theory, and the routine activity theory. (Delinquency in Society)
According to the strain theory, juveniles may experience difficulty in obtaining things in life and they have a tendency to find other ways and means of getting what they need or want. Money is one source that is lacked in the presence of strain. For example, if a person needs clothes and doesn’t have the money, he might go out and steal the clothes. Most juveniles will join a gang because it looks appealing and it is an easy way to obtain money, respect and
903 words - 4 pages
. However, the person that has more self-control and I self-disciplined is less likely to respond back with any criminal acts.
Evidently, the act of engaging in criminal activity is based on choice. However, according to the Bond Gone Wrong Theory, the decision can be affected by social bond and self-control. With a strong social bond, comes over protection. If something were to harm or interfere with the strong bond, it may cause an individual to retaliate. However, with self-control the results may differ. Nevertheless, the Bond Gone Wrong Theory can be used in the future as a theory to better understand why some people commit crime rather than just labeling them or assuming that they’re all the same, killing or stealing for no reason.
2604 words - 10 pages
behavior is regarded as deviant in the wider society” (Taylor, Walton &Young, 1973 cited by Haralambos & Holborn, 1995).
Many justifications for the normalization of deviant behavior are employed (Fulcher & Scott, 1999). Secondary deviation arises when deviation is no longer normalized (Fulcher & Scott, 1999). It becomes stigmatized or punishable and its consequences can shape a person’s future (Fulcher &Schott, 1999; Giddens, 1997). For example, a child who disrupts a class a couple of times may be labeled as a deviant by his or her teacher and may then continue to act in a deviant way.
Labeling is an important theory
2054 words - 8 pages
groups over what type of behavior is acceptable. The last theory, the strain theory, has been studied by Robert K. Merton, Steven F. Messner, Richard, Richard Rosenfeld, Peter and Judith Blau, and Robert Agnew. Strain theory suggest there is a lack of fit between socially approved success goals and the appropriate means to reach those goals. Individuals turn to crime as a way to reach those goals.
Social learning theory, social control theory, labeling theory, and dramaturgy are all theories under the social process category. According to Edwin Sutherland, Robert Burgess, Ronald L. Akers, and Daniel Glaser, the social learning theory states that behavior is learned the same way that crime is
1688 words - 7 pages
start to distance themselves from the offenders making them feel like outcasts in their communities. This societal isolation caused by labeling can result in re-entry.
Classical theory of labeling suggests that formal societal reaction to crime can be the cause of the development of one’s criminal career; however, modern theorists have predicted that several different processes cause the involvement of offenders in crime and deviance to increase.  Base on these theories, in recent years, the procedural and restorative justice approaches have been working on demolishing the stigma associated with offenders. Procedural justice is the process of making and implementing fair decisions, so
2046 words - 8 pages
December 8, 2013
Short Paper Assignment 2
Throughout the article “The Code of the Streets,” Elijah Anderson explains the differences between “decent” and “street” people that can be applied to the approaches of social control, labeling, and social conflict theories when talking about the violence among inner cities due to cultural adaptations.
Anderson’s theory examined African Americans living in America’s inner cities that are driven to follow the “street code” and work to maintain respect, loyalty, and their own self-image. The “street code” Anderson is referring to is “a cultural adaptation” which is the cause of violent crime in America’s
1888 words - 8 pages
is very applicable to the areas, and gang culture described throughout this book.
The last important theory that I believe played a role in this book was labeling theory. Labeling theory says that a reason for deviance is that when society finds out that a person has committed a deviant act then that person is labeled accordingly, which in turn makes them separates them further from society. Very similar to self-fulfilling prophecy, labeling theory will push people away and make them more likely to live up to their labels. In this book as Kody commits more and more deviant acts he becomes further separated from society. Because of where he is from, and the color of his skin the labeling