Functionalism, Conflict Theory, and Interactionism

1). Briefly outline the three macro systems theories (functionalism, conflict theory, and interactionism).

2). Elaborate on how each of these perspectives would explain the macro system problem of crime and delinquency.

3). In your opinion which approach do you support the most? Explain your reasoning.

At least one scholary reference to support your answers

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...mmon values or may have been exposed to values which do not align with the views of the majority of society members. When this occurs the individual commits crime as a function of personal or cultural views. The larger society is always considering new ways to function, such as through innovation and technology (Coenen & Lopez, 2012) and those who do not fit may view the new ways of functioning differently or may fail to embrace them.

Conflict theory explains crime and delinquency in terms of fighting for more power and wealth, with crime being the only means of achieving power and wealth where other means are viewed as unattainable. Crime is then viewed as necessary to achieve what others have achieved.

Interactionism explains crime and delinquency from a viewpoint of social interactions having influence over the individual's behavior. If the individual is continually exposed to criminal or ...