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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
Frankfurt,
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
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