Other functions of crime

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    • Other sociologists have developed Durkheim's idea that deviance can have positive functions.
    • Davis: Prostitution acts as a 'safety valve,' for the release of men's sexual frustrations without threatening the monogamous, nuclear family.
    • Cohen: A warning that an institution is not functioning properly
      • For example, high truancy rates may tell us that the education system is not functioning properly.
    • Erikson: If crime and deviance performs social functions, society may be organised to promote social deviance rather than rid society of it.


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