Crime and Deviance- Labelling Theory

Labelling theory quiz for AQA Sociology A Level

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1. What did Lemert define primary deviance as?

  • deviant acts which haven't been publically labelled, these have little effect on our identity or status
  • deviant acts which have been publically labelled, these have an effect on our identity or status
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2. What occurs when someone is given a master status?

  • It overides all other statuses, the individual is now only seen as a criminal.
  • It is less significant than all other statuses, the individual is not seen as a criminal.
  • It overides all other statuses, the individual is now only seen as a positive individual

3. Why were the Saints not seen as delinquent in Chambliss' study?

  • They rarely came into contact with police as their deviant behaviour occured out of town
  • They were labelled as such by the police and local community as their deviance took place in the town

4. What happened to the middle class minority who were arrested in Cicourel's study?

  • They were councelled, cautioned and released by juvenile officers
  • They were councelled, cautioned and released by senior officers
  • They were councelled, cautioned or charged by juvenile offers

5. One disadvantage of labelling theory is...

  • It shows certain types of people are singled out for labelling
  • Deviance is not simply created by a label, people don't become burglars just because of a label.
  • It has drawn attention to the importance of labelling and shows how the process can develop deviant behaviour

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