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Functionalism, Conflict Theory, and Interactionism

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1). Briefly outline the three macro systems theories (functionalism, conflict theory, and interactionism).

2). Elaborate on how each of these perspectives would explain the macro system problem of crime and delinquency.

3). In your opinion which approach do you support the most? Explain your reasoning.

At least one scholary reference to support your answers

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Functionalism, conflict theory and interactionism is examined.

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Functionalism is the macro systems theory that explains society's various parts as functioning together as in a well oiled machine, where members mostly agree or share common values.

Conflict theory is the macro systems approach in which conflict is thought to be a necessary part of society, where members continually struggle for power.

Interactionism is the macro systems approach that considers individual interactions and social ties on a smaller scale as making up part of the larger society. Behavior is explained as an outcome of social interactions (VanWormer & Besthorn, 2010).


Crime and delinquency can be explained in each macro systems theory, as a function of how the individual fits within the larger society. When the functionalism theory is applied crime and delinquency occur as the individual does not function in society as well as others. The individual may not agree with ...

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