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Functionalism & Crime

A2 Sociology, SCLY4 Crime & Deviance

Helen Marks

on 19 September 2012

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Transcript of Functionalism & Crime

Changing values Traumatic events draw society together Social cohesion Reaffirming the boundaries Positive aspects of crime Why DON'T people commit crime? Hirschi & Bonds of Attachment Functionalists see deviance as a threat to the social order because if too many people break the rules anomie will result and society will be threatened with disintegration. Many functionalists argue that a certain level of crime is inevitable as not everyone will be committed to the shared values of society. This inevitable level of crime and deviance can be seen as functional as the consequences of committing crime reminds everyone of the rules.

A certain level of deviance can also bring about progressive social change and can also act as a warning that an institution is not working properly.
FUNCTIONALISM Attachment Commitment Involvement Belief Negative aspects of crime Merton:
Strain Theory Merton's responses to anomie Conformity Innovation Ritualism Rebellion
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