The sociological perspective on crime.

Describe the sociological perspective toward crime, making certain that you define the three major concepts:
1) consensus and conflict perspectives (i.e. functionalist, structural and subcultural theories)
2) the interactionist perspective
3) Marxist perspective
Use examples of crime, such as from the mass media, to illustrate this perspective.

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... integration or fragmentation of society. Functionalist perspectives (such as those of Emile Durkheim) contend that crime serves an important function in terms of defining proper and improper behavior for members of society. Social strain theory, on the other hand, argues that crime is dysfunctional, and results from the failure of social institutions to provide an avenue for people to realize their aspirations which are socially encouraged (see Robert Merton). The sub-cultural perspective argues that criminality is produced through the integration of people into criminal ...