Discuss whether or not crime is functional within society. That is, do you believe that crime actually helps the economy by creating jobs and revenues that would not be realized without crime?
French sociologist, Emile Durkheim argues that all societies need crime in order to establish moral boundaries (Jones, 1986). Durkheim contends that crime supports society's social structure by pitting those that do not violate the law against those that do violate the law. Crime also allows for social change because it moves society forward in its evolution. Many researchers and scholars have come forth to critic immensely the thoughts of Emile Durkheim with many suggesting that any tolerance to crime might cause societal disintegration and even extinction when the societal mores and norms give space for crime and criminals freely. In this paper a robust discussion is brought forward to critically examine whether or not crime is functional within the society. The paper will also look at the role of crime with regards to the economy.