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

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1. IMPORTANT: What is Anomie?

  • Disruption/A state of normlessness.
  • Another way of saying "value consensus".
  • Weakening of a collective conscience.
  • Annihilation of class and gender divides.
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2. Who stated that crime could be used as a warning device?

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

3. Quick Recap: How do Sociologists typically define Crime?

  • The violation of norms of society that have been enacted into law.
  • The disapproval towards the criminal justice system.
  • The attacking of social institutions - including the legal system.
  • A bad thing

4. Who used the example of Prostitution as a safety valve?

  • (Ned) Polsky
  • (Kingsley) Davis
  • (Emile) Durkheim
  • (Albert) Cohen

5. 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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