Crime and Deviance- Labelling Theory

Labelling theory quiz for AQA Sociology A Level

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1. What did Lemert (1972) make a distinction between?

  • primary and secondary deviance
  • primary and tertiary deviance
  • secondary and tertiary deviance
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2. One disadvantage of labelling theory is...

  • 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
  • It shows certain types of people are singled out for labelling

3. What did Jock Young's study of the hippie marijuana users show?

  • Society targetting the hippie users, the act of marijuana use became of greater value to the group due to this targetting and a deviant subculture developed
  • The police targetting the hippie users, the act of marijuana use became of greater value to the group due to this targetting and a deviant subculture developed
  • The police targetting the hippie users, the act of marijuana use became of less value to the group due to this targetting and a positive subculture developed

4. One advantage 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 fails to explain why certain types of people are selected as likely deviants but not others

5. One advantage of labelling theory is...

  • It fails to explain why certain types of people are selected as likely deviants but not others
  • It shows that labelling results from the perceptions of the agents of social control
  • According to Becker, social groups create deviance by making rules whose infraction causes deviance, but who are these peoplle who make rules and why do they make them?

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