HPU Associate Professor Of Sociology Publishes In Scholarly Journal


HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 11, 2010 ? Dr. Terrell A. Hayes, associate professor of sociology at High Point University, published in the most recent edition of “Deviant Behavior: An Interdisciplinary Journal.”

The article, titled “Labeling and the Adoption of a Deviant Status” explores, through in-depth interviews, the role social- and self-labeling play in the process by which 46 members of Debtors Anonymous came to recognize their personal indebtedness as indicative of a deviant status. Particular attention was paid to the respective roles one’s informal social network and self-help groups play in promoting the transformation from a non-deviant to a deviant identity.

Hayes’ findings have important theoretical implications for both labeling theory and identity change processes. Among these, that individuals often go through several iterations of labeling episodes before the transformation from a self-perceived non-deviant to a deviant status is complete.

“My findings also point to the need to revisit some of the original assumptions made by early labeling theorists in order to account for particular circumstances like the conditions under which an individual is more likely to be a passive recipient of others’ labeling efforts,” Hayes says.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at or on Twitter at @HighPointU.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration


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