Flashcards in Functionalism- Merton Deck (8)
'The strain to anomie'
Socially approved goals are not available through socially approved means so lead to frustration & resorting to illegitimate means
Typical law abiding citizens
Accept goals & means
Shoplifters, thiefs etc.
Those at the lower end of the class structure & under greater pressures
Accept goals but regret means
Lower or middle class in dead end jobs with no goals
Accept means but reject goals
Drop outs from the rat race- alcoholism, drug addiction , chosen homelessness
Reject goals and means
Replace goals and means with their own
Examples include- political radicals, counter cultures, hippies or terrorists
Shows how both deviant and normal behaviour arises from goals
Explains patterns in crimes- lower classes commit for etc.