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Sociological Perspective - Crime and Deviance

Write a 700 to 1000 word paper that explains what is meant by the sociological perspective. Describe how it helps us to understand the origins of crime and to identify possible ways of reducing crime.

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Crime and Deviance from a Sociological Perspective
In everyday life, we may think of society as consisting of people; however, in sociology, society is not people. Individual persons carry society in their beliefs and actions (or interactions) but are not actually society themselves; therefore it stands to reason that social organizations (family and/or community) are not people, they are systems. These systems are comprised of patterns, beliefs and actions by people, carried out by people. This does not mean that we define or see society any way we want. The sociological perspective looks at society as "in the eye of the beholder".
The sociological perspective is an approach to a particular phenomenon which is common in society. It involves critical evaluation and testing of ideas and often assumes that official explanations are incomplete or self-serving (Jureidini & Poole, 2002). From a sociological perspective, explanation for criminality is found in two levels which are the subculture and the structural explanations. The sociological explanations emphasize aspects of societal arrangements that are external to the actor and compelling. A sociological explanation ...

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This solution describes what is meant by the sociological perspective, specifically crime and deviance.