The Juvenile Court System
Reprinted from Task Force Report: Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Crime (Government Printing Office, 1967b), Appendix D, pp. 91-105. Edwin M. Lemert is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis. We have referred throughout this book to the work of Edwin M. Lemert, who is perhaps the single most influential figure in establishing the labeling approach to the study of deviant behavior. In the 1950s his textbook, Social Pathology (McGraw-Hill, 1951), had a strong influence on researchers, who, in turn developed new theoretical perspectives and empirical research that substantially redirected work in this area.