Explain The Labeling Theory

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When enough people agree that a certain idea is true then it "becomes" true and is understood as real. If one person commits a crime and is defined a criminal then society may react to that person as a criminal. This will require them to act as a criminal. If another person commits the same crime and society defines the behavior as a "mistake", They are not seen as a criminal and are not required to be a criminal in return.

The labeling theory argues that members from particular sections of a society can behave in a way that is expected of them. They learn this through the way people from other sections of society describe them, the way they are labeled. An example is: people assume that Arab teenage boys from deprived areas in New York are
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