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Social Definition of Crime

Though ‘crime’ refers to a multidimensional thinking of committing any act which has harmful effect and legal sanction for the violation of law but it could be explored from different perspectives observed in a society. The social definition of crime could be referred to the following: ‘’Any anti-social act which penetrates the statuesque of the society due to the action of the individual for the disintegration of himself to the society and if the act causes any violation of social order or the social norms, that specified act can be treated as a crime.’ (Giddens, 2006) Usually, the penalty or sanctions for the misdeeds are applied by the society either formally or informally to the violator of the social order to reinforce the social norms. Laws are the social norms defined and enforced by the governments of any country to restrict those anti-social behaviors, which are meant as crimes.