Definition and Measurement of Crime & Deviance

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1. What does relative deviance mean?

  • Siblings fighting over the last mudchip ;D
  • Deviance is socially constructed and has no absolute definition - varies by place, time, society/culture
  • Deviant acts commited with or against blood relatives
  • Deviance has a absolute definition
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2. What do Marxists argue the law functions to do?

  • Protect ruling class interests and to criminalise the working class so their control through policing can be justified
  • Let Phoenix Wright always beat his lover Edgeworth in court! ;) OBJECTION! OVERULED!
  • Protect working class interests and to criminalise the ruling class so their control through policing can be justified
  • Protect all society's interests and to criminalise the working class so their control through policing can be justified

3. What do interactionalists think of the functionalist definition of deviance?

  • WAY too funky, their more into Kpop, VK and Vocaloid ;3
  • They fully agree with it as society has set of core values (Value Consensus/collective conscious) and the more behaviour differs from them, the more it is seen as deviant
  • They disagree with it as defintions of normal/deviant behaviour are relative social constructs which are interpreted differently due to factors like individual viewpoint, social context, time/place and culture
  • They agree with most of it (Core values) but feel it ignores class differences

4. What sociologist proposed definitions of deviance and crime?

  • Clinard - Deviance is behaviour the community strongly dissaproves of and crime is activities that break the law and receive official punishment
  • The fiance of crime and deviance
  • Lyotard - Deviance is behaviour the community strongly dissaproves of and crime is activities that break the law and receive official punishment
  • Durkheim - Deviance is behaviour the community strongly dissaproves of and crime is activities that break the law and receive official punishment

5. Why does Durkheim think modern societies have more crime and deviance?

  • Bufferface related murders, troll related abuse and all Ipods are micro chipped to track you! 0-o
  • Their less complex so socialisation agencies are less effective in ensuring value consensus
  • Their more complex so socialisation agencies are less effective in ensuring value consensus
  • Their more complex so socialisation agencies are more effective in ensuring value consensus

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