Chapter One: Symbolic Interactionism
“Macro” perspectives like Structural and Conflict focus on larger groups, structures, and institutions.
Interactionists believe that the social negotiation of symbols is what has created society and is what keeps it going.
Becker proposed that deviance only existed if it is labeled as such by someone, or some group, with the power to do so.
Thus, what is deviant is arbitrary and in flux, not fixed!