One of the most groundbreaking sociology texts of the mid 20th century howard s beckers outsiders is a thorough exploration of social deviance and how it can be addressed in an understanding and helpful manner a compulsively readable and thoroughly researched exploration of social deviance and the application of what is known as labeling theory to the studies of deviance. In this overview the sociological theories of howard becker from his book outsiders will be applied to the narrative film outsiders 1983 which is itself based on a novel s e hinton the author credited with inventing the field of young adult literature especially with this novel that she wrote while still a teenager in the 1960s. A sociology study written in the sixties about deviance which depends on violating rules how people react to it motivations and interests of the outsiders changes from time to time and who commits the act it had two case studies marijuana users and musicians dance. Richard k kerckhoff outsiders studies in the sociology of deviance by howard s becker new york the free press of glencoe 1963 179 pp 500 social fo. Although there had been prior research into deviant labels howard becker is hailed as the found of the modern labelling theory founded in outsiders studies in the sociology of deviance it is this labelling theory that is perhaps his most important influential contribution to sociological and criminological knowledge
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