Functionalism and Crime

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  • Functionalism and Crime
    • Durkheim
      • Inevitablity of crime
      • Not everyone is socialised the same
      • There are different subcultures
      • Diversity weakens the collective conscience
      • Neither high or low crime levels are desirable
    • Cohen
      • Crime produces a reaction from society
      • Punishment reaffirms shared norms
      • Discourages others to commit
      • Media reinforces this
      • Crime sets boundaries for society
    • Davis
      • Prostitution is a safety valve

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