Journal Article

Despicable Deviants: Labelling Theory and the Polemic of the Pastorals

Lloyd Pietersen

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 58, issue 4, pages 343-352
Published in print January 1997 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 1997 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3711920
Despicable Deviants: Labelling Theory and the Polemic of the Pastorals

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The paper proposes that an adequate historical-critical understanding of the Pastoral Epistles — 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus — can be advanced by using sensitizing concepts from the labelling theory variant of symbolic interactionism. In the three epistles, the technique of the “status degradation ceremony” is seen to transform previously influential Christian insiders into outsiders.

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