What is meant by labelling

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Ineractionalists use labelling theory to explain crime and deviance. The labelling thery argues that once someone is labelled as something they have a tendency to see themselves in terms of that label and act accordingly. Others may begin to see them within terms of that label and act towards them on this basis. Labelling can eventually result in self-fulfilling prophecy.

Self-fulfilling prophecy - A self fulfulling prophecy is when someone who is labelled acts up to what they have been labeled and become that label.

Howard Becker looks at the effect of being publicly labelled as deviant. The label can become a masters status

Master status - When the label over powers every other…


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