Durkheim On The Subsequent Development Of Criminological Theory

1572 Words Oct 20th, 2014 7 Pages
Throughout history, there have been massive social transformations that have continued to sweep the world. Industrialisation, globalisation, new information technologies and many other developments such as an almost fully connected world of the internet have surely changed how members of society relate to one another and thus how society is held together as a whole. Theorists have long studied the structure of groups, organisations and societies, and how individuals interact within these environments. One theorist in particular who is famous for his major contributions to the study is Emile Durkheim. Through his different studies on the aspects of social structures, Durkheim was able to influence other criminological theorists by looking at the study of law and crime in its social context. As a result, Durkheim made a positive impact to criminological theory by suggesting that crime and deviance can be related to social structures. This will be the main focus of the essay, which aims to critically assess the work of Emile Durkheim on the subsequent development of criminological theory. The first part of this essay will briefly outline Durkheim’s life and the work that he published. The second part will then explore the work of the various theorists who were influenced by Durkheim’s ideas, and will assess how each theorist adapted Durkheim’s views to develop theories of their own. The final part of this essay will then assess the criticisms of Durkheim’s work.


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