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How does William Chambliss's (1973) study "The Saints and the Roughnecks" depict the labeling process?
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Criminological Theory: A Brief Introduction


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  • Chambliss's study depicted the relevance of social class in the labeling process

  • Demonstrated the importance of labeling and long-term outcomes for youth
  • Saints-eight
    delinquent male high school students
    • Middle-class youth from traditional families

    • Viewed as good kids and behavior was excused by authorities
    • Behaviors included heavy
      drinking, truancy, vandalism minor theft
    • Many grew up to be doctors and lawyers

  • Roughnecks-six male high school students from same town
    • From lower-class
      families
    • Frequent interaction with authorities
    • Frequent arrests labeled them as
      troublemakers
    • Engaged in various forms of delinquency
    • Fought more but engaged in
      less vandalism
  • Most ended up working low wage jobs or in prison


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