Theoretical Perspectives Of Crime

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Theoretical Perspectives of Crime Shontell White SOC101 Larry Pace February 13, 2012 Social problems are macro-level conditions that undermine the well-being of some or all members of a society and are usually a matter of public controversy (Macionis, 2010). Social problems exist because people are not in agreement on (a) if certain things actually are problems, (b) why they are caused, and (c) what should be done about them (Vissing 2011). Scientists suggest that social problems depend on a person’s theoretical perspective. There are three theoretical perspectives: functionalism, conflict, and symbolic interactionism. Social problems and issues can lead to crime. Crime according to Meriam Webster is an act or the commission of an act that is forbidden or the omission of a duty that is commanded by a public law and that makes the offender liable to punishment by that law; especially: a gross violation of law ( Some reasons for committing crimes are: people are raised around others that commit crimes, the gap large between poverty and wealth, and corruption with society. Crime can ultimately be defined as a breach of contract, the contract represents the law and the breach is when the law has been broken. The consequences for breaking the contract of law can result in minor to severe punishments. People define crime in many different ways because people have their own perspective of what crime is. Different countries and states have different laws and different and they each have specific consequences for committing various crimes. Severe crimes such as murder, rape, aggravated assault, and robbery most of the time require more severe punishments than crimes such as vandalism, theft, forgery, and embezzlement. Crime has also been defined as deviant behavior that goes against what is

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