Merton said his theory was not to account for all deviant behavior; rather to look at “the acute pressure created by the discrepancy between culturally induced goals and socially structured opportunities.” (pg 159)
Juvenile gangs don’t appear to commit crimes because of the social strain. They often steal things they don’t want or need. Cohen believed this was because the juveniles were attempting to gain status among their peers.
What do you think? Where’s the strain?
Success as a youth has to do with school. What happens when these youth do not achieve the “norm” of succeeding in school?