Criticisms of Fuctionalist crime and deviance theories

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Although Durkheim believes that society requires a certain amount of crime in order to function...
...he offers no way of knowing how much is the right amount.
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Although Functionalists explain crime in terms of the functions that it performs...
...this doesn't mean that society creates crime beforehand with the intention of creating social solidarity
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Functionalists look at what functions deviance performs for society as a whole...
...and ignores how it might affect groups and individuals within society.
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Crime doesn't always prevent social solidarity....
...it may have the opposite effect and isolate people
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For example:
Forcing women to stay indoors for fear of attack
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Although Functionalists explain crime in terms of the functions that it performs...

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...this doesn't mean that society creates crime beforehand with the intention of creating social solidarity

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Functionalists look at what functions deviance performs for society as a whole...

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Crime doesn't always prevent social solidarity....

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