Deviant Identities Norms and Their Violation Norms and their violation are part of everyday life, and thus all of us have been labeled at least somewhat deviant at some time or another.
Recount your own experience with deviant labeling, or the experience of someone you know. How did the person in your example come to be known as deviant?
How did the person deal with her/his deviant identity? Did they embrace this identity/label?
Did s/he use any of the stigma management strategies we have discussed in this course, or perhaps some other strategy?
Explain how the strategy(ies) worked in your example. [Hint: Make reference to the norms in question, but also discuss relevant ideas from symbolic-interaction analysis such as primary and secondary deviance, stigma, retrospective labeling and master status.]
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