Crime and Deviance- Labelling Theory

Labelling theory quiz for AQA Sociology A Level

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1. One disadvantage of labelling theory is...

  • 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?
  • It has drawn attention to the importance of labelling and shows how the process can develop deviant behaviour
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2. What can public labelling result in?

  • self-fulfilling prophecy
  • development of egoism
  • self-fulfilled prophecy

3. One disadvantage 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
  • It shows certain types of people are singled out for labelling

4. What causes the creation of a master status?

  • The labelling of people as gang members
  • The labelling of people as deviant
  • The negative labelling of people

5. What did Lemert define secondary deviance as?

  • deviant acts which have been publically labelled, these have an effect on our identity or status
  • deviant acts which haven't been publically labelled, these have little effect on our identity or status

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