Merton Strain Theory (Key Study)

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1. What happens if the majority don't achieve their goals?

  • Nothing - Society has enough members already to function
  • The Quiditch team loses to Slytherin!
  • Anomie - They became dienchanted with society and seek out alternative (often deviant) ways of behaving
  • Anomie - They became active in society and seek out normal ways of behaving
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2. What is strain?

  • The different forms of behaviour between goals and means
  • The daily nagging of annoying parents about 'video game addiction'!
  • The different forms of behaviour between the majority and the minority
  • The strain crime and devince puts upon society

3. What did Merton see the goal of society as?

  • Harmony and equality above all else - Achieve these through talking and reconciliation
  • Economic and material wealth above all else - Achieve these through hard work and educational achievement
  • Emotional and material wealth above all else - Achieve these through money and educational achievement
  • As 3 big hoops in the pitch that you throw the Quaffle into!

4. How many different ways do people respond to the strain?

  • Swivinity-sweven
  • 4
  • 5
  • 3

5. Who criticized Merton and what for?

  • Taylor et al (Neo Marxists) - Fails to consider wider power relations in society, who makes laws and who benefits from them
  • His mother for not eating all his veggies at dinner! Bad Merton!
  • Taylor et al (Marxists) - Fails to consider wider power relations in society, who makes laws and who benefits from them
  • Reiner et al (Neo Marxists) - Fails to consider wider power relations in society, who makes laws and who benefits from them

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