Merton Strain Theory (Key Study)

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1. How does Merton see society?

  • All societies set member goals, provide socially acceptable ways of achieving these goals
  • Through beer goggles
  • All societies set member goals, provide socially acceptable and unacceptable ways of achieving these goals
  • Constantly changing goals and values, many ways to achieve these goals
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2. 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
  • 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
  • His little brother :D

3. What type of theory is Merton part of?

  • Conspiracy theory
  • Marxist
  • Functionalist
  • Interactionalist

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

  • 3
  • 5
  • 4
  • Swivinity-sweven

5. What are some other criticisms of Merton?

  • Assumes that - value consensus in US society, people only deviate because of structural strain in society, most crime by w/c, crime is individual response (ignores subcultures)
  • Ignores that - value consensus in US society, people only deviate because of structural strain in society, most crime by w/c, crime is individual response (ignores subcultures)
  • Assumes that - gender consensus in US society, people don't deviate because of structural strain in society, most crime by u/c, crime is community response (ignores subcultures)
  • His dad - not becoming a paper boy to make own money and independance!

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