Labeling theory discusses Primary and Secondary
deviance. Explain these two related ideas and show how you – or someone you
know – illustrate the idea of primary deviance and how what you (Or they) do
could push them into secondary deviance?
Primary deviance is any type of first occurring behavior that is inconsistent with social norms and what is taught to an individual.
Secondary deviance is the re-occurrence of the behavior considered deviant of what is expected or taught after a warning or teaching against the same.
Karen, at 5years old, surprises her mother by beating up a neighbor's child and is made to apologise. It was her first time to do so and never repeated what she did. She displayed Primary deviance.
If she had conttinued to beat up the neighbour's kid and even others after the warning and displayed a trend of being violent, it would be then considered secondary deviance.
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