4 Tutorials that teach Strain Theory
Take your pick:
Strain Theory

Strain Theory

Author: Sadie Pendaz

This lesson explains Merton's Strain Theory.

See More
Introduction to Sociology

Want to study the effects of an affordable education?
Our Intro to Sociology course for only $329.

Sophia's online courses not only save you up to 80% over traditional college**, but are also eligible for credit transfer to over 2,000 colleges and universities.* Start a free trial now.

  • Robert K. Merton

    An American sociologist who developed Strain Theory to explain the structural underpinnings of crime in society.

  • Strain Theory

    A theory of deviance that suggests deviance results from the mismatch between cultural goals such as honor, wealth, and material comfort on the one hand, and the means to achieve those goals on the other.