ERIC Number: ED223332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Specifying Labeling Theory: The Case of the Young Child and Psychoanalytic Agents of Control.
The analysis described here focuses on the social construction of deviants and deviance as reflected in data collected from one day care center and the seven therapeutic settings used by the day care staff for referral of problem children. In the first part of the analysis, the day care program is characterized and the normal social status of the child is extracted from the data. In the second part of the analysis, the impact of the program's common sensical and social organizational approaches to the labeling and referral of preschool children is described. Specifically discussed are (1) the influence of these factors on the day care staff's interpretation of behavior, (2) identification of children as deviant, (3) use of typifications, (4) attribution of responsibility, and (5) routinization of staff's official reaction. In the third part of the analysis, the therapeutic programs are described and compared to the day care program. Comparisons are also made between a child's normal and deviant statuses and between the status transitions of children and parents. In a concluding discussion, implications of the data for labeling theory are indicated; these involve differentials in social status and the organized ideology and practice of agents of control, and emphasize the socially organized character of labeling processes. (RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ideology; Social Construction of Reality; Social Control; Social Transition
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (77th, San Francisco, CA, September, 1982).