Mertons Strain Theory + Funct

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  • Created on: 16-06-15 16:29

1. Conformity

  • reject legitimate means and goals ie. drug addicts
  • achieve means legitimately middle classed
  • give up trying to achieve goals but follow rules for own sake typical office workers
  • accept money as success but use theft or fraud to achieve it, pressure on those lower class
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2. according to merton american society puts..... on people to deviate by its focus on success at any price

  • pressure
  • deviance
  • credit
  • bad

3. neritocratic one anyone who puts effort in achieves

  • British Dream
  • American Dream
  • Columbian dream

4. Rebellion

  • challenge existing goals and means create new ones ie. communism
  • go through legitimate means achieving goals
  • individuals reject both goals and means ie. drug addicts

5. Structural factors

  • societies unequal opportunity structure
  • the strong emphasis on success and weak emohasis on getting it via legit means
  • institutions put people down


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