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    • Durkheim’s study of suicide showed how the seemingly individualistic decision to take one’s own life was due to social and economic issues
    • In this way Durkheim was able to show how social factors explained individual and group action such as crime
    • Durkheim’s ideas were significant because they moved the emphasis away from factors with the individual as Lombroso suggested to the social
    • Durkheim suggested as external social forces caused suicide, then external forces could also cause recidivism
    • Durkheim viewed crime as a social fact-a feature of societies, not of individuals
    • Durkheim noted that crime was endemic in all societies and therefore saw crime as having positive social function
    • This he reasoned was because society needed positive deviation and therefore negative deviation was inevitable
    • Crime is a positive aspect of society as it helps produce a moral consensus in society
    • Therefore crime helps establish a social consensus about what is right and wrong in society
    • Crime establishes a ‘collective conscience’ about what is and isn’t criminal/deviant behaviour
    • Therefore crime has a positive function as it establishes and maintains a social consensus
    • By CThompson [email_address]