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Unformatted text preview: 4. High level of maladaptive behavior due to cultural imbalance between goals and means. • Between forces driving people to crime, and restraining forces. • Social structure explains differences in upper and lower class crime rates. • Distribution of legitimate opportunities to achieve wealth through legitimate means. 5. Since goals are not always achieved, means become valuable in themselves. • Often times, means are placed under severe stress. • Little reward in means alone. 6. Strain falls on a wide variety of people: • mostly concentrated in lower-classes. • because of differential emphasis placed on ability to attain goals. • goals "open to all."...
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- Winter '09
- Sociology, Robert K. Merton