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

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1. Who stated that society could potentially be organised to sustain, not remove, crime?

  • (Albert) Cohen
  • (Kai) Erikson
  • (Kingsley) Davis
  • (Ned) Polsky
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2. Who stated that crime could be used as a warning device?

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

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

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

4. Quick Recap: How do Sociologists typically define deviance?

  • The recognised abolishing of societal values.
  • The recognised violation of cultural norms.
  • The recognised disruption of social solidarity.
  • The recognised disapproval of institutions of power.

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

  • Crime isn't functional for the individual(s) that was/were targeted.
  • Could create social cohesion "wrongly" - e.g. Nazi Germany vs the Jews
  • Durkheim is too pessimistic with his perspective on society.
  • Safety Valves - e.g. Prostitution - can actually break down a family.
  • The perspective is teleological (doesn't explain causes).
  • It can cause isolation, not solidarity.
  • There are different views of what is 'criminal' depending on countries and individuals.




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