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Nov. 22 Lecture

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC 2700
Professor
Scott Brandon
Semester
Fall

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November 22 2011 Lecture Anomie and Strain Theory 2. Emile Durkheim -social focus have impacts on people -problem of nornlessness -anomie due to social change -modernity creates desires and goals -crime is functional to society 3. Robert K. Merton: Strain and Anomie theory -crime due to : inability to achieve goals -Merton's focus: the dysfunction between goals and means -Merton differs from Durkheim: aspirations and strains are in the social structure -Merton sees two components to anomie: cultural goals and institutional goals and institutional means 4. Merton's five modes of adaptation -conformity -innovation -ritualism -retreatism -rebellion 5. Reactions to Merton: Albert Cohen -study of delinquency -"status frustration" -replacement of values occurs 6. Another reaction to Merton: Richard Cloward and Lloyd Ohlin -differential opportunity theory -differential access to illegitimate opportunities -inequality in access to crime success (i.e drug dealing) 7. Modern version of strain theory: Rob
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