Labeling Theory

Labeling explains criminal career formation in terms of destructive social interaction. Throughout life people are given a variety of labels in their interactions with others and once their labelled they look for support from their peers. If its a negative label like being the criminal that has stolen the most cars in a certain city, that person now has an excuse to act delinquently. That criminal wants to live up to their label and reputation therefore, it becomes a competition between the criminals. They will continue the crime to secure their label . The more expensive the car is the more support they will get from their peers and the more money they will be able to make. The labeling theory focuses on the social interactions and shaping of peoples behaviors.


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