Asses the distribution of postmodernism to sociologist understanding of crime and deviance in today’s society.
Some sociologists believe that we now live in a post-modern society that has a distinct set of characteristics in comparison to modern society. This essay will discuss the changes they have taken place in a postmodern society and how this impacts upon our understanding of crime and deviance.
Some of the characteristics of a post modernist societies are that is argues that society is diverse and fragmented that we now live in a post modernist world. They also state that society is ever changing rapidly and constantly that it is marked by uncertainty, which led to society to split into various groups with different interests and lifestyles.
One of the key changes to society in postmodern society is the collapse of the meta narratives. Postmodernists view the category ‘crime’ as a social construction, based on narrow legal definition, highlighting an outdated meta-narrative of the law which doesn’t reflect the diversity of the postmodern society, especially from theories such as Marxism and Functionalism.
One other change in post modern society is our understanding of what crime is and has had to change. The death of grand narratives has led to the disintegration of the traditional suppliers of norms and values. This means that society is fragmented, which then leads to the different definitions of crime because society is fragmented and diverse.
One key post modernist thinker is Foucault. His work on social control and surveillance seems really important to our understanding on post modernism and crime. Foucault pointed out that surveillance is penetrating more and more into private aspects of our lives, aided by new surveillance technology like CCTV, which monitors the movements of people in every sphere of life. This is relevant to society as it controls people actions and makes them aware of their behaviour, so they are conscious of...