Functionalism vs Marxism

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  • Created on: 09-12-20 09:29

Functionalism vs Marxism


  • Merton: Working-class members of society are more likely to commit crime due to not being as successful


  • Functionalism thinks crime is formed by the individual and Marxists think it is caused by capitalism
  • Gordon: Capitalism is criminogenic
  • Functionalists suggest society is a consensus not conflict - everyone follows the same rules

Overall comparison

Marxism and functionalism are very different but both encourage investigation of the working classes.


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