What is the Functionalist View on Crime and Deviance?

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What is the Functionalist View on Crime and Deviance?

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Functionalism is a structuralist theory of crime. This is because they argue that crime and deviance can only be explained by looking at the way societies are organised socially, that is, their social structures. Crime, according to Functionalist, is caused by society. Crime is not caused by the circumstances of the individual.

Functionalists see society as a stable system based on shared values. They see members of society as sharing a common culture. Sharing the same culture produces social solidarity. Crime and deviance interrupts this stability.

This A-Level Sociology Video explores concepts and sociologists such as anomie, Durkheim, normlessness, Functionalism.

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