Social Organized Crime Perspective

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Social Organized Crime Perspective University of Phoenix CJA/384 October 03, 2011 Social Organized Crime Perspective Family, school, and churches have become to be known as social institutions, but little known is that organized crime is also a social institution. In the discussion ahead will be about defining the term social institution and how it applies to organized crime. Then continue the discussion with what empirical and speculative theories are most applicable to organized crime and criminal behavior. Social institutions are a complex set of norms, roles, positions, and values that are in certain types of social structures. These social structures organize stable patterns of human activity that deal with fundamental problems, and produce life-sustaining resources, productive individuals, and a vibrant societal structures in any given environment. Examples of social institutions include family, school, church, and even governments, but it is not limited to producing productive individuals for societal means. This is where organized crime comes is applied as a social institution (Lyman & Potter, 2007). Organized crime as a social institution does not mean productive individuals for the good of society, but rather productive individuals good for the organization. So when applying social institution status on organized crime is because organized crime exhibits the same characteristics as some of the examples giving for social institutions. Again organized crime does the opposite of what the other social institution have done and continue to do, but it does resemble the same traits in producing productive criminal individuals for the organizations. For this reason many persons are drawn to organized crime because it exhibits value for those persons, whereas in other areas those persons feel rejected (Lyman & Potter, 2007). The next part of
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