What is utilitarian and non utilitarian crime?

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It's basically a content of crime n deviance.

Posted Wed 29th February, 2012 @ 04:12 by Alisha prasai

5 Answers

  • 22 votes

Utilitarian crime is one which is based around money ((basically robbery, etc)) and a non-utilitarian crime is one which isn't barsed around money ((such as graffitti and vandalism))

Hope this helped :D

Answered Wed 29th February, 2012 @ 09:40 by Fyzah :p
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Utilitarian crime is based around economic gain. This includes fraud and stealing. Whereas, non-utilitarian crimes are not based on economic gain, inlcuding **** and vandalism. 

Answered Tue 28th November, 2017 @ 20:37 by dickosaurus_abs
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Youre welcome ^_^

Cohen ((who developed the idea of status frustration)) said:

if status frustration is the main problem, then criminal activity to achieve

monetary may not be necessary. Vandalism, joy-riding, fighting, anti-social behaviour can bring

respect from their subculture’s members as well as fighting against the society that has rejected them.

i got the information from this website .. it's a PDF file :


I also found this website about crime and deviance terms and summaries of studies:


hope this helps :)

Answered Fri 2nd March, 2012 @ 10:33 by Fyzah :p
Edited by Fyzah :p on Tue 24th April, 2012 @ 14:09
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Utilitarian Crimes are crimes that are things such as fraud, money laundering and robbery. 

Non-utilitarian crimes are crimes such as vandalism, shoplifting and property crime.  

Look at albert cohen status frustration - the theory that lower classes commit crimes due to being frustrated that they're working class 

Look at Murton strain theory - the theory that society puts pressure on individuals to achieve social goals, even when lacking the needs to achience them therefore putting strain upon the individual and causing them to commit crimes. 

Answered Sat 18th November, 2017 @ 22:57 by alice_79
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thq so much...bt can you help me out to know more in depth abt this term.??? :) more in detail!!!!  

Answered Fri 2nd March, 2012 @ 05:37 by Alisha prasai