Reading Assignment 4

Chapter 4 (Functionalism and Anomie)…

Points Possible: 20

Deliverable Length: 3-4 pages

Answer any two questions (10 points each):

1. Discuss Merton’s theory of anomie. Include the following: the primary cultural goal in America; the difference between cultural goals and institutionalized means for achieving them; the various adaptations; weaknesses of the theory.

2. What is meant by Emile Durkheim’s observation that crime is normal? Include in your answer a discussion of mechanical/organic solidarity.

3. What is the importance of the gang for an understanding of delinquency according to Albert Cohen? In your answer, include a discussion of at least two of the following: short-run hedonism; status frustration; middle class measuring rods; gendered delinquency.

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