Submitted By kayicky
In recent years, the case of the alleged abuse of CSSA and the saying “CSSA is feeding the lazy” has been hogging our headlines. This report aims to analysis this saying by applying perspectives of symbolic interactionism with the support of statistics and arguments.
Symbolic interactionism is a micro-scale sociological perspective which focus on the social interaction to feed the subjective meaning in pragmatism, the social process as well as the human behavior (Blumer, 1969)
While Labeling theory quoting as “deviance is not inherent to an act, but instead focuses on the tendency of majorities to negatively label minorities or those seen as deviant from standard cultural norms”( Becker & Mead). The social groups create deviances by making the rules and by applying those rules to particular people, so that it label them as deviance or outsider. Therefore, deviance is the successful application of the label.
The following part would illustrate how the labeling theory works in the cases of alleged abuse of CSSA. First, there are the creations of label as followed by who got the benefits from labeling, lastly is the reaction of labeling.
Initiation and Creations of the labeling
Due to the Asian financial crisis occurred in 1997, there was an increase in the unemployment rate and application of scheme conomic recession. The increasing expenditure which makes government faces a financial burden. In 1998, Mr. Andrew Leung, suggested to the press that there were many flaud cases. The review suggested cases load increased rapidly especially for the unemployed, the single parent family and the lower income. Also, it stated that benefit of scheme for a family of four or above is greater than the average household income of the lowest quarter family, meanwhile, it pointed out that around twenty percentages of the unemployed recipients were able...