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

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1. Which of these is not listed as a function of crime by Functionalists (all others are)?

  • Crime promotes social cohesion.
  • Crime can lead to adaptation and change.
  • Crime can act as a warning device.
  • Crime can act as a safety valve.
  • Crime can be a way for the youth to progress to adulthood.
  • Crime can still provide members of society with careers.
  • Crime informs us of social boundaries.
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2. Which of these is NOT typically used as an example of crime with a latent/hidden benefit (all others are)?

  • Excessive drinking at carnivals/festivals.
  • Martin Luther King assassination.
  • White Collar Crime
  • Shannon Matthews murder.

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

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

4. 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.

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

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




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