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Labelling, Deviance and Media

Greer, Chris and Reiner, Robert (2014) 'Labelling, Deviance and Media.' In: Bruinsma, Gerben and Weisburd, David, (eds.) Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Springer, 2814 - 2823. ISBN 978-1-4614-5690-2

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Abstract

Labelling theory is a perspective that emerged as a distinctive approach to criminology during the 1960s, and was a major seedbed of the radical and critical perspectives that became prominent in the 1970s. It represented the highpoint of an epistemological shift within the social sciences away from positivism ? which had dominated criminological enquiry since the late-1800s ? and toward an altogether more relativistic stance on the categories and concepts of crime and control. It inspired a huge amount of work throughout the 1960s and 1970s, and still resonates powerfully today. This short chapter maps out some of the ways in which labelling, deviance, media and justice interact at the levels of definition and process. It presents an overview and analysis of key mediatised labelling processes, such as the highly influential concept of moral panics. It discusses how the interconnections between labelling, crime and criminal justice are changing in a context of technological development, cultural change and media proliferation. The conclusion offers an assessment and evaluation of labelling theory?s long-term impact on criminology.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: labelling theory, labelling perspective
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2020 15:48
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2020 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/27459

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