The functionalist perspective is a vantage point in which one views society as an interrelated parts that work together to produce a stable social system. In the perspective, almost all the people of the society agree what is best for their society and they all work in accordance to make sure it all goes well. However, some people are dysfunctional and interrupt this smooth flow of society through negative functions such as crime. Emile Durkheim is somewhat responsible for the functionalist perspective, for he defined it as an activity or purpose natural to or intended for a person or thing. The function in the functionalist theory is people work and input into society. However, the functionalist theory is also broadly based off of the ideas of sociologist Auguste Comte and Herbert Spencer.