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Deviance: a functionalist perspective

The functions of deviance

When seeking to offer sociological explanations for deviance functionalism looks to the
structures of society as a whole and seeks to argue that a certain level of deviance is
necessary and even makes a positive contribution to the wellbeing of society, despite…

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AfricanAmerican civil rights leader Martin Luther King and the `father' of India and leader
of the nationalist independence movement Mohandas Ghandi.
In the case of someone like Nelson Mandela we can apply Durkheim's view that those we
consider deviant today may be the ones who bring about the next social…

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Naming his approach strain theory Merton argued that there were five main responses
of members to the social pressure to conform to the shared values of society which
largely depend on our class position or other factors that affect where we are in society.
The first amongst these were the…

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much chance of financial gratification but are still rewarding or to earn enough for
themselves to survive but no more than that. Many of these people do not become
deviant or criminal yet they also do not subscribe to the standard success goals or
means. One criticism that can be…


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