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Functionalism and crime

Theories on crime and deviance are diverse and often competing. But share one thing in
common, they often offer social rather than biological or psychological explanations.

Functions of crime

Crime and deviance as normal

Functionalists see shared norms and values as the basis of social order and…

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may indicate unsuspected causes of discontent and the need for changes in the education


Suggesting functions for crime and deviance however is not the same as finding an
explanation for them. To argue crime and deviance have certain social consequences does
not explain their presence in the 1st…


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