It seems obvious to
most people that crime and social order are opposites.
But more than a
century ago French sociologist, Emile Durkheim, suggested that it wasn’t that
simple. This film looks at the introduction of Zero Tolerance Policing in New
York, the imprisonment of Dr Jack Kevorkian for assisting terminally-ill
patients to die and the tragic murder in the UK of Jamie Bulger, to illustrate
Durkheim’s three key functions of crime.
It concludes by
looking at how the legacy of these ideas has been so influential in the
development of criminology.