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Crime is one of the social problems that exist within the world.Summarize the social...

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brigaither | Student | (Level 2) Honors

Posted June 22, 2012 at 5:16 PM via web

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Crime is one of the social problems that exist within the world.

Summarize the social problem from the lens of:

  1. The Functionalist perspective
  2. The Conflict perspective
  3. The Symbolic Interaction perspective

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 22, 2012 at 5:53 PM (Answer #2)

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From the conflict perspective, crime is caused by the conflict between classes and groups of people.  Crime happens, then, because the rich oppress the poor.  Or it happens because whites oppress blacks.  This leads the oppressed group to fight back in various ways, one of which can be crime.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 22, 2012 at 11:07 PM (Answer #3)

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According to the Social Interaction perspective, people tend to act and react to specific things based upon the meaning they attach to it. That said, conflict may arise of another person does not attach the same meaning to something and belittles the person, place or thing. Basically, this is the conflict which arises when the ideologies of two people or groups differ enough to make one side feel insulted.

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 9, 2012 at 9:13 PM (Answer #4)

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From the most basic, practical perspective, which must also be a functional perspective, crime removes a degree of confidence in personal safety and the safety of certain material investments. 

The presence of crime can lead to fewer social interactions and adjustments in commercial and consumer decisions when people feel that safety must enter into the decision making process. 

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