0016. What do we mean when we say that (deviant) labels are "sticky"?

A. The definition of deviance changes over social time and social space but the categories and language are stable. B. Even if it describes only a single behavior, a label tends to swallow up a person's whole identity. C. Reputation is an important component of social capital. D. Once you are labeled, it is hard to get rid of a lable — for example, once convicted, always an "ex-con." E. Being labeled deviant often leads to more deviant behavior because of the effects of the label.

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