Crime and deviance-functionalists

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1. What is the negative aspect of Durkheims theory?

  • Individuals can be hurt mentally and physically, and for ethical reasons this is not right.
  • Crime will bring harm to others in the community , meaning people are not close or bound to their community, making the deviant strays.
  • Crime can weaken the adherence to the collective conscience and therefore freed from its social control. People start looking for their own needs this is is anomie
  • It is against the law, which is created to protect others from harm.
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2. What are the 5 key terms in Mertons theory?

  • Ethical rules, ruling class power, involvement in the community, the law,our attachment to society.
  • Involvement, conformity, belief, law, ethics.
  • Conformity,innovation,ritualisation, rebellion,retreatism.
  • Involvement, commitment, belief, attachment, law.

3. In Durkheims theory, what does re-affirming the boundaries mean?

  • When someone breaks the law, the resulting court sentence and publicity re-affirms the existing values.
  • Some crime can act as a pressure release for workers.
  • When someone who is breaking the law is treated with sympathy at the court, the public outcry to this would symbolise changing values.
  • Where an entire community comes together after a horrific crime and creates a sense of belonging, strengthening the community.

4. According to Hirschi, what are the 4 crucial bonds that binds us together?

  • Attachment, commitment, involvement, belief.
  • Belief, ethics, commitment, involvement.
  • Attachment, commitment, ethics, law
  • Commitment, law, ethics, international relations.

5. According to Merton what is the common goal for all of society?

  • Economic and material wealth.
  • A happy and cohesive family
  • Equality for all individuals
  • Equality of educational achievement

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