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What are moral entrepreneurs?

people who lead crusades to change the law, believing that it will benefit through to whom it is applied


what are social control agencies

agencies such as the police who help to maintain social control


who identified what police saw as a typical delinquent and what was this typical delinquent?

Piliavin and Briar - male, working class, ethnic minority, bad manner and dress, more likely to be arrested if stopped late at night


what is primary deviance?

When someone hasn't been labelled by society as a deviant and is not part of a deviant way of life - the deviance has no effect on the individuals identity


what is a master status?

main identity which people judge someone by


what is secondary deviance?

extra deviance that the labelling has created


Who described the labelling process as a deviant career and what is a deviant career?

Becker- the labelling process is completed when a person accepts the label as their identity


what is a deviancy amplification spiral?

an exaggerated cycle of reporting, which results in mote social control, which in turn makes it seem like crime rates are increasing


what are moral panics?

News stories that are over exaggerated by the media


what is disintegrative shaming?

the crime and the criminal is labelled as bad and the offender is excluded from society


what is reintegrative shaming?

when the deviant act is labelled but the person who committed the act is not labelled - 'he has done a bad thing' not 'he is a bad person'