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Hi guys i've been given this questionto answer; "Using material from Item A and elsewhere, assess the usefulness of functionalist approaches in explaining crime." and i've written my points and almost at the conclusion, i was just wondering if i should be writing about different perspectives? i.e. marxists - i haven't really done much on them in this unit yet so i'm not sure what i would write

If anyone has any ideas please comment below!! Thank you!
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(Original post by ambergraver)
Hi guys i've been given this questionto answer; "Using material from Item A and elsewhere, assess the usefulness of functionalist approaches in explaining crime." and i've written my points and almost at the conclusion, i was just wondering if i should be writing about different perspectives? i.e. marxists - i haven't really done much on them in this unit yet so i'm not sure what i would write

If anyone has any ideas please comment below!! Thank you!
I have to answer a similar question but with Marxists. It can be a good strategy to compare and contrast with another theory because it shows you can link to other theories you've learnt.

Because functionalism is a consensus theory, it's very different from a conflict theory which would have a very different perspective on crime (it's not even like comparing Marxist and feminist theory) so maybe it would be good to explain why certain groups of people wouldn't find functionalism useful.

Hope this helps!
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I have to answer a similar question but with Marxists. It can be a good strategy to compare and contrast with another theory because it shows you can link to other theories you've learnt.

Because functionalism is a consensus theory, it's very different from a conflict theory which would have a very different perspective on crime (it's not even like comparing Marxist and feminist theory) so maybe it would be good to explain why certain groups of people wouldn't find functionalism useful.

Hope this helps!
Ahh yes i see, so i could say basically that Marxists would not see the functionalists approach to explaining crime useful as it focuses only on the working class (to some extent in certain areas - e.g. subcultures) and completely rejects the middle classes committing crimes (white collar crimes) which therefore is not painting an accurate image of crime and deviance in society. (obviously in a better way - but on the right lines?)
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Ahh yes i see, so i could say basically that Marxists would not see the functionalists approach to explaining crime useful as it focuses only on the working class (to some extent in certain areas - e.g. subcultures) and completely rejects the middle classes committing crimes (white collar crimes) which therefore is not painting an accurate image of crime and deviance in society. (obviously in a better way - but on the right lines?)
Well, that's what I'd personally write, and perhaps a little bit on the media and the way it makes people desire consumer goods, but you're not writing an essay on Marxism so you don't need too much detail in there. Good luck with your essay.
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Well, that's what I'd personally write, and perhaps a little bit on the media and the way it makes people desire consumer goods, but you're not writing an essay on Marxism so you don't need too much detail in there. Good luck with your essay.
sure sure, thank you for the help! I hope yours also goes well
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I think Annie has already said this but eh, don't write masses of paragraphs on Marxism as the question needs you to focus on Functionalism, but do use other sociological theories such as Marxism to counteract some of functionalism's points.

E,g, Strain Theory > Good because it accounts for the fact most crime is working class etc etc > Marxists say it ignores power of ruling class to get away with crime w/e.
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I've just read the thread again properly and basically just summarised everything you've both said, sorry
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I think Annie has already said this but eh, don't write masses of paragraphs on Marxism as the question needs you to focus on Functionalism, but do use other sociological theories such as Marxism to counteract some of functionalism's points.

E,g, Strain Theory > Good because it accounts for the fact most crime is working class etc etc > Marxists say it ignores power of ruling class to get away with crime w/e.
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I've just read the thread again properly and basically just summarised everything you've both said, sorry
No don't worry about it! it's all really helpful - for example the point about how the ruling class get away with more hasn't been mentioned and that could definitely be expanded so thank you!
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