Discuss Goffman’s theory on Stigma, Becker’s Labeling Theory, and Merton’s Strain Theory
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In our discussion of deviance during class, we discussed Goffman’s theory on Stigma, Becker’s Labeling Theory, and Merton’s Strain Theory. One of these theorists has been viewed as both a Symbolic Interactionist and a Social Constructionist but he rejects both these labels.
Begin by identifying the theorist we discussed in class who has been described as both a Symbolic Interactionist and a Social Constructionist. (5 points).
Then tell me why this theorist has been viewed this way? Be sure to integrate his theory into your answer by identifying the aspects that are applicable to Symbolic Interactionism and those aspects that are applicable to Social Constructionism. (20 points)
Why does this theorist reject both these labels? (5 points)
Finally, from what theoretical perspective (s), if any, would you identify him with and why? (4 points)
The quiz must be typed and answered in essay form.
Remember, citations in APA format only.