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"The Labeling Perspective: Its Bias and Potential in the Study of Political Deviance"

By Paul G. Schervish. Published in The American Sociologist. May 1973.

The most popular perspective on deviant behavior at the present time is commonly called the labeling approach. This approach, first enunciated in Tannenbaum’s (1938) comments on “The Dramatization of Evil” and in Edwin M. Lemert’s (1951) Social Pathology, is most badly stated by Becker (1963:9): “The deviant is one to whom that label has successfully been applied; deviant behavior is behavior that people so label.”

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"Leaving a Legacy of Care."
Paul G. Schervish, John Havens, and Albert Keith Whitaker. Philanthropy . Vol. 20, no. 1. pp. 11-13. January/February 2006.
A long-held view has been that the only reason the wealthy left money to charity was to escape the estate tax; remove the tax, and charitable bequests would plummet. Boston College's Center on Wealth and Philanthropy disputed these predictions, and our research indicates that as people become more financially secure, incentives more powerful than taxes incline them to support charity and to limit their bequests to heirs.

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