skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 69889 Find in a Library
Title: Games for Criminal Status - Justice as Order Through Structured Social Inequality
Author(s): G Grewe
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 129
Sponsoring Agency: Peter Lang Gmbh
Frankfurt, Germany United
Sale Source: Peter Lang Gmbh
Germany (Unified)
Language: English
Country: West Germany (Former)
Annotation: If social life is understood to be a sequence of encounters which can be analyzed as games for social status, then processes leading to criminal status have their parallel in everday life.
Abstract: The processes leading to criminal status are seen as a sequence of status degradation ceremonies which can be represented as a series of games played by the actor (an offender) with the victim or general public, the police, the prosecutor, and the court. During each of these games, a part of the social reality of criminal behavior and criminal status is socially simulated. After each game, the actor has a chance to play the subsequent game in the series if he has lost the previous one. A game is lost if the actor's behavior has been socially constructed as criminal and his status demoted so that in the next game another status degradation is likely. Thus the model that is developed portrays the processes of differential distribution of immunity in society. The model provides a conceptualization of the labeling approach and the principle of marginality (the phenomena of ubiquity, scarcity, and relativity of marginal positions in social groupings). On the basis of the model, a new understanding of criminal justice can be reached. This understanding would allow development of this labeling approach into a theory from which hypotheses could be derived and empirically examined. Tabular data and a bibliography are included. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Behavior; Deviance; Labeling theory; Models; Simulation; Social psychology; Socialization
Note: European University Papers, Series 2 - Law, V 210
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.