Merton Strain Theory (Key Study)

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1. Did Merton believe everyone could achieve these 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 - 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
  • Yes, if you include deviant and criminal means
  • DON'T STOP BELIEVING!
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2. Who criticized Merton and what for?

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

3. What are the ways people respond to the strain?

  • Changing values, Social cohesion, Safety valve, Re-affirming the boundaries
  • Conformity (Obeys goals and means despite limited success chances), Innovation (May use criminal behaviour to achieve goals), Ritualism (Means used but goal lost), Retreatism (Rejects goals&means), Rebellion (Goals&means rejected, own ones used)
  • Attachment, Commitment, Involvment, Belief
  • Rage quiting, dancing, **** addiction, loving, graffiti

4. Who is influenced by Merton?

  • 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
  • His little brother :D
  • 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
  • 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

5. How does Merton see society?

  • Through beer goggles
  • All societies set member goals, provide socially acceptable ways of achieving these goals
  • Constantly changing goals and values, many ways to achieve these goals
  • All societies set member goals, provide socially acceptable and unacceptable ways of achieving these goals

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