Sociological Analysis of Deviance
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This paper examines the validity and accuracy of the functionalist and conflict perspectives which both adopt an over simplistic approach to a highly complex issue, deviance. The author discusses the way in which the development of Subcultural theory, Feminist theory, and Action theory among others is evidence of the impossibility of adequately addressing the topic of deviance within a single sociological perspective.
From the Paper:"The functionalist perspective's approach to deviance is based, to a large extent, on Emile Durkheim's theory of anomie and the subsequent reworking of this concept by Robert Merton, who believed that in societies such as America, where the commonly shared cultural goal is economic success, there will be individuals who are unable to legitimately achieve those goals. This situation, Merton argues, results in a breakdown of the social norms among these "under-achievers," who will then use other, illegitimate methods of gaining success."
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