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
  • DON'T STOP BELIEVING!
  • 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
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2. What is strain?

  • The daily nagging of annoying parents about 'video game addiction'!
  • The different forms of behaviour between the majority and the minority
  • The different forms of behaviour between goals and means
  • The strain crime and devince puts upon society

3. How did he think the system worked?

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

4. Who criticized Merton and what for?

  • Reiner et al (Neo Marxists) - Fails to consider wider power relations in society, who makes laws and who benefits from them
  • 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
  • Taylor et al (Marxists) - Fails to consider wider power relations in society, who makes laws and who benefits from them

5. What happens if the majority don't achieve their goals?

  • Nothing - Society has enough members already to function
  • The Quiditch team loses to Slytherin!
  • Anomie - They became dienchanted with society and seek out alternative (often deviant) ways of behaving
  • Anomie - They became active in society and seek out normal ways of behaving

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