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. How did he think the system worked?

  • It worked well if the majority of people can achieve their goals
  • It worked well if the minority of people can achieve their goals
  • The insitutes and collective conscience ensure everyone achieves their goals
  • He thought it worked as a showgirl!

3. 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!

4. 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

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

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • Swivinity-sweven

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