Functionalism on crime and deviance

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  • Durkheim: crime is universal
    • Functionalism on crime and deviance
    • - Crime is inevitable- Crime boundary maintenance-Anomie (suicide)- change in value - emphasise dislike for murder
  • if social institution exists then it must serve a function however, institutions change over time making it difficult for functionalists to explain how this change occurs
    • some crimes have no benefit in society so crime is not functional  for the victims anf cuntionalism is out of date even so  merton's work has informed us of sbcultural theories and durkheim on deviance is still significant
    • CONCLUSION: functionalsim unable to explain change as focus is placed intently on social order/ equilibrium


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