Interactionist labelling theory


A level


8m 20s
In this podcast we explore the interactionist perspective on crime and deviance. Becker’s labelling theory will be discussed along with ideas of how crime and deviance are socially constructed, not least in their portrayal by the media.

1. Listen carefully to the podcast and make careful notes of key concepts and any key thinkers. 

2. Explain how crime can be explained in terms of process rather than structures

3. What did Becker mean by the terms ‘master status’ and ‘deviant career’?

4. What is Akers criticism of labelling theory?

5. Outline Ciçourel’s concept of ‘negotiation’

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