Criticisms of Durkheim

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  • Criticisms of Durkheim's functional theory of crime
    • Although he says that society requires a certain amount of crime to function successfully but he doesn't indicate how much.
    • Although he explains crime in terms of the functions it performs, it doesn't mean that society creates it with the intention of strengthening solidarity.
    • He ignores how functions might affects groups/individuals within society and only speaks of the functions it performs for society as a whole.
    • Crime can lead some people to feel isolated rather than promote social solidarity.
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