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Carleton University
SOCI 2445

Labelling Theory Howard S BeckerAll groups make social rules and at various times attempt to enforce them and when a rule is broken the person who breaks it is seen as special Rule compliance or rule non complianceDeviance is not a quality that lies in behaviour itself but in the interaction between the person who commits an act and those who respond to it You are not a rule breaker until someone says you areSocial groups create deciance by making the rules whose infraction constitutes deviance and by applying the rules to particular people and labeling them as outsidersDeviance is not a quality of the act a person commits but rather a consequence of the application by others of rules and sanctions to an offenderThe deviant is one to whom the label has been successfully appliedDeviant behaviour is behaviour that people so labelWhen you move into an organized group there are consequences 1more deviant groups rationalize behaviour rather than individuals and 2the
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