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Strain Theory

Author: Paul Hannan

This lesson explains Merton's Strain Theory.

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Terms to Know
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.