Merton and strain theory

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Who's theory was strain theory developed from?
Robert K. Merton
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Who do they look at?
Individuals not groups
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What is the main focus of Strain Theory?
Why people deviate and turn to crime
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Give an example of a group who is in particular deviant.
Black Americans
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Why are black americans proven to be deviant?
They make up the majority of the prison population
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If they cannot achieve the goals legally what will they do?
Make sure they achieve them illegally
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What is the first element of strain theory?
structural factors
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What do structural factors refer to?
Stratification and the fact society is unequal
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What is the second element of strain theory?
Cultural factors
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What do cultural factors refer to?
That society has a strong emphasis on success but a weaker emphasis on how it is achieved
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What is the concept that can be linked to this?
Keeping up with the Jones'
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It will be done even if it has to be done...
illegitimately
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What are the two things that deviance is caused by in terms of strain?
The goals that culture encourages them to achieve and what the institutional structure of society allows them to achieve legitimately
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