Soc. HW # 2

Soc. HW # 2 - Theorist Durkheim Key Arguments 1.) Crime is...

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Theorist Key Arguments Social Functions of Punishment Implication of Change in Legal System My Thoughts/Comments Questions to Theorist Durkheim 1.) Crime is necessary and serves a purpose within society. (Lec.1/29 ) 2.) Society defines itself by how they punish. (Disc. 2/8) 3.) In order for punishme nt to restore the collective conscienc e of a society, it must be public, 1.) Punish ment establis hes social solidari ty within a society. (Lec. 1/29) 2.) Punish ment (of long ago) acted more on the witness than the offende r. (Disc. 2/8) The movement away from punishment in the public eye into a more modern system of punishment has decreased the social solidarity of communities. Our society now consists of a decreased sense of a collective conscience and we have more civil laws as opposed to more penal laws. (Lec. 1/29 & Disc. 2/8) Durkheim’s viewpoints are very applicable in some ways to society today. Without crime, we would not be able to define what is socially accepted/not accepted. However,
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course SOC 131 taught by Professor Shoemaker during the Spring '08 term at Wisconsin.

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Soc. HW # 2 - Theorist Durkheim Key Arguments 1.) Crime is...

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