Mertons Strain Theory + Funct

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  • Created on: 16-06-15 16:29

1. Rebellion

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

  • achieve means legitimately middle classed
  • give up trying to achieve goals but follow rules for own sake typical office workers
  • reject existing values and goals replace them with new ones ie. communism

3. Conformity

  • give up trying to achieve goals but follow rules for own sake typical office workers
  • achieve means legitimately middle classed
  • accept money as success but use theft or fraud to achieve it, pressure on those lower class
  • reject legitimate means and goals ie. drug addicts

4. neritocratic one anyone who puts effort in achieves

  • British Dream
  • American Dream
  • Columbian dream

5. Cultural factors

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

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