Explain why functionalists think deviance and crime provide a number of societal benefits. Then, explain why you agree or disagree with this perspective, providing examples to support your position....

Explain why functionalists think deviance and crime provide a number of societal benefits. Then, explain why you agree or disagree with this perspective, providing examples to support your position.

 
 

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Functionalists argue that all parts of a society serve a purpose and are necessary for each society to function. This is true for both crime and deviance of all kinds.

To a functionalist, crime serves the purpose of showing the law-abiding what the boundaries of a society are and what is deserving of punishment. Crime also provides employment and purpose for those dedicated to stopping,...

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