Howard Becker's Labeling Theory

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Megan’s law was enacted because of a young girl who was sexually assaulted and murdered. I found an exact definition that will suit this very well, “Megan's Laws are named for Megan Kanka, a seven-year-old girl from New Jersey who was sexually assaulted and murdered in 1994 by a neighbor who, unknown to the victim's family, had been previously convicted for Sex Offenses against children. Megan's Laws are state and federal statutes that require convicted sex offenders to register with local police. Sex offenders are required to register with local police and to notify law enforcement authorities whenever they move to a new location. (Dictionary, 2015)” Based on Howard Becker’s labeling theory I would posit that labeling theory does apply to…show more content…
It is all too evident with what’s going on in this city, lack of jobs, families losing their homes, and because of this people act out, that includes children. Without an authority figure or parent present children tend to stray from the social norms and deviate from what is right and what is wrong. The two theories I will choose to demonstrate why these kids did what they did are as follows, Durkheim Anomie theory, and Hirsch’s control theory. With Durkheim’s Anomie theory he posits that “Humans have innate needs and desires that must be satisfied if they are to be content. However, unlike other animals, most human needs and desires are not physical; they are social and, according to Durkheim, the more one has, the more one wants. (Renzetti, 2001)” I gather that because of the financial situation of the town and losing one of the largest job producing companies the city suffered greatly. Families lost their homes and the bonds that they had with their family as a whole. Meaning in order to protect their family some may venture off and do things that are against society’s norms, i.e. robbing a woman of her purse that had a substantial amount of money in it. This act is a culmination of events that had transpired before he committed this act. His family is suffering, his family is hungry, his family is struggling, and so he and his friends did what any kid would do they act out and do stupid things. Durkheim suggests that due to the lack of social factor that these kids desperately needed, I believe that’s why they committed these offenses. The lack of parental guidance, the socializing he got with them had been lost due to the events that happened in that city. Hirsch’s control theory fits into this because his system of attachment, commitment, involvement, and belief has been lost on this community and city. Meaning the attachments the community once shared are

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