Durkheim: Crime is “Normal”

1) What does Durkheim mean when he says that crime is “normal”?

2) Identify at least two ways in which this observation is linked with his overall view.

3) In recent years dozens of students have been shot and killed or injured by other students, some as young as 11. How do you think Durkheim and Moynihan would analyze this child-murderer phenomenon? How would you analyze it?


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