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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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"Political Trials and the Social Construction of Deviance"

By Paul G. Schervish. Published in Qualitative Sociology. Fall 1984.

In the 1960s and early 1970s deviance research, especially in the labeling perspective, was concerned with the question of how individuals or groups become defined as deviant. Since then, the political analysis of deviance has come to ask the more fundamental question of how deviance becomes constructed through political process. A political trial is one particular transparent situation in which narrower political processes for imputing deviance elicit more fundamental interpretations of political modes of deviance construction…

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