AQA Sociology A2 - Durkheim's et al. Functions Of Crime

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1. Which of these is NOT a strength of the Functionalist perspective (all others are)?

  • The benefits can be compared to real world examples e.g. James Bulger
  • It manages to explain the causes of crime better than Strain Theory.
  • The perspective is useful at showing the hidden/latent functions of crime.
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2. What can too much crime do?

  • Nothing much
  • Destabilise society
  • Destroy value consensus
  • Prove Functionalists wrong

3. Which of these statements would a Functionalist agree with?

  • Crime is a normal part of traditional societies, but not modern societies.
  • Crime is a normal, inevitable, and universal part of society.
  • Crime is always bad and leads to social collapse unless removed.
  • Crime is not a problem Functionalists should concern themselves with.

4. Who stated that crime could be used as a warning device?

  • (Albert) Cohen
  • (Ned) Polsky
  • (Kingsley) Davis
  • (Kai) Erikson

5. IMPORTANT: What is Anomie?

  • Annihilation of class and gender divides.
  • Another way of saying "value consensus".
  • Disruption/A state of normlessness.
  • Weakening of a collective conscience.




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