Social solidarity

  1. Explain Toby’s argument regarding why people support punishment.
  2. If the social control of deviance is dependent on our use of punishment, can we eliminate punishment?
  3. According to Durkheim, what is the primary purpose of punishment?
  4. Did Durkheim believe that punishment is necessary for preventing crime?
  5. According to Durkheim, what would happen to the morale of conformists if law-violators were not punished for their crimes?
  6. According to Rock’s article, how do courts, as a mechanism of social control, reinforce normative boundaries?
  7. What are some of the obstacles that inhibit the courts from adequately reinforcing normative boundaries?

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