Merton Strain Theory (Key Study)

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1. Who is influenced by Merton?

  • Taylor (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
  • His little brother :D
  • 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
  • Walton (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
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2. How many different ways do people respond to the strain?

  • Swivinity-sweven
  • 4
  • 5
  • 3

3. 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!

4. Who defends Merton and how?

  • 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
  • Aegislash shield form - mirror coat!
  • Reiner - Theory adapted to take crits into account - All crimes indirectly related to status
  • Taylor, Walton & Young - Theory can explain politically motivated crime where law broken for cause (eg rich workers stop system changing to benefit poor)

5. What type of theory is Merton part of?

  • Interactionalist
  • Conspiracy theory
  • Functionalist
  • Marxist

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