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Functionalist Explanations of Crime and Deviance


Dukrheim argued that all societies face major problems:
How to achieve social order
How to maintain social stability
In this view this was no easy task since a vast number of unique individuals each with their own
interests have to be persuaded to behave…

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so protect social order. He also suggests that deviant acts are a useful warning that society is
dysfunctioning or an aspect is malfunctioning, drawing attention to the problem and leading to
measures to solve it; such as the James Bulger murder which lead to a change in the law regarding…

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