Crime is a word that in our everyday life has a negative connotation, but Durkheim believed crime is an integral part of all healthy societies. Durkheim described crime as an act that offends certain very strong collective sentiments. He said that crime was not the intrinsic quality of an act, but the definition given by the “collective conscience” of society. Therefore are not what you do that matters, but how society sees your acts. Durkheim believed that crime was essential to form change; therefore it should not be conceived as an evil to be suppressed. A healthy society has crime, which allows for flexibility and easier accommodation to political and economic change. Many of the acts that were seen as crime are now admirable. For example Socrates was killed because of his teaching but they later on served as a ground for morality. Many strikes and riots where seen as crime but they brought forth the ideas and serve as ground for growth in society. A concept that is seen so negatively in society, Durkheim explained it in a way which makes it more acceptable to society.
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