Merton Strain Theory (Key Study)

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1. Who is influenced by Merton?

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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2. Who criticized Merton and what for?

  • Taylor 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 (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

3. Did Merton believe everyone could achieve these goals?

  • 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
  • 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 - higher up had restricted goals

4. How did he think the system worked?

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

5. 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

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