Merton Strain Theory (Key Study)

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1. Did Merton believe everyone could achieve these goals?

  • Yes, if you include deviant and criminal means
  • No, he was aware not everyone shared the same goals, in a stratified society the goals are linked to a person's position in society - lower down had restricted goals
  • No, he was aware not everyone shared the same goals, in a stratified society the goals are linked to a person's position in society - higher up had restricted goals
  • DON'T STOP BELIEVING!
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2. Who made strain theory?

  • Silph Co
  • Hirschi
  • Merton
  • Durkheim

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

  • 3
  • Swivinity-sweven
  • 5
  • 4

4. Another crit?

  • Young (The Vertigo of Late Modernity) - Contradiction of consumer culture and institutes that fail to deliver such success to majority leads to anomie and violent crime
  • Taylor, Walton & Young - Theory cannot explain politically motivated crime where law broken for cause (eg rich workers stop system changing to benefit poor)
  • Reiner - Theory cannot be adapted to take crits into account - Not all crimes indirectly related to status
  • Critical hit for headshot -300hp

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

  • Harmony and equality above all else - Achieve these through talking and reconciliation
  • As 3 big hoops in the pitch that you throw the Quaffle into!
  • 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

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