The Labeling Theory: The Purpose Of Labeling An Individual?

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Introduction Imagine being labeled as a criminal and there is a certain stigma that would follow you for the rest of your life. Being labeled not only causes a person to be more deviant, it can lead to a decrease in social bonding. The labeling theory was influenced by Cooley, Mead, Tannenbaum, and Lemert however; Becker’s work was much more influential (Stogner, 2016).
There are many people in the world today who are struggling to live a meaningful life because of being labeled. Some people have committed crimes that cannot be reversed. Once a person is labelled, he or she will become the thing that they are described as being (Stogner, 2016). So, what is the purpose of labeling an individual? Is it protecting society? A person who is labeled
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When a person lacks opportunities they are more likely to recommit a crime. For example, John served twelve years in prison for robbery and was recently released back into the community. He finds himself with no support and couldn’t obtain a legitimate job. All he had was the clothes on his back and a few dollars he had obtained while incarcerated. He lost a sense of hope and began to rob again. As a result, he was incarcerated and felt as if he was accepted more behind bars than society. In other words, labelling a person does not ameliorate the situation but causes them to lose a sense of self and look to crime as an escape. However, self-identity is not fixed because it can change based on future interactions and events (Stogner, 2016). The purpose of this paper is to illustrate in-depth the concept of labeling theory as well as its history, criticisms, and …show more content…
He also stated that labelling theory does not include everything that goes with the title nor does it focus exclusively on labeling (Becker, 1963). Becker (1963) has noticed some criticism with the labelling theory and saw that interactionist theories were suspected of giving help to the adversary, the ones who were interrupting stability of the establishment. Another criticism mentioned by Becker (1963) is that interactionist theories bombards conventional morality. Becker (1963) has seen this theory as a theoretical approach and not an actual

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