Quiz 7: Socialization and Crime
In its purest form, social reaction theory argues that even such crimes as murder, sexual assault, and theft are only bad because people label them that way.
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According to the social reaction approach, crime and deviance are defined by the moral content of the illegal act itself.
A major premise of social reaction theory is that the law is differentially constructed and applied, depending on the offenders.
A social reaction theorist views crime as a subjective concept whose definition depends entirely on the viewing audience.
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