Journal 3 - Hong Lai Henry Chan Sociology 1 Prof John Fox...

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Hong Lai Henry Chan Sociology 1 Prof. John Fox Journal 3 “The Functions of Crime” is an article brings a deep exploration to the meaning of crime. I think for most of us, crime seems to be matter that causes social disorder and create unstable individual expression. Enough saying, it is probably a practice on evil things. Yet, the author, Emile Durkheim holds a different point of view, he describe the existence of crime is directly related to evolution of a society. He thinks that first of all, crime is apparently an element that cannot be erased under the social structure. And it works as an important factor to enhance “change” in a society. Without the existence of crime, society will lose the motivation to improve. “Nothing is good indefinitely and without limits”(150), society is pretty much the same. Crime originally seems as an evil action taken by fallen people in my eyes. Yet after reading this article, it assigned with a whole new meaning. Perhaps we should view crime in a different way, “any arrangement is indeed an obstacle to a new arrangement” (150). In order to evolve, challenge should always appear, and that the position of crime. We have also gone through in class about social deviance, which a
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  • Summer '13
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  • Sociology, Jeffrey H. Reiman

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