Merton’s strain theory aims to explain why people in societies deviate and refuse to conform. He says that social Structures cause certain people to deviate and go against the norm. This theory makes sense when trying to figure out why some people deviate. The social norm right now is that if you higher your education, you will succeed financially. A lot of young people (including myself) are feeling as if this is not the case. Now, furthering your education can put you further in debt. In the video we watched in class (Dubstep rebellion – the British banlieue comes to Millbank)one of the boys said that “He’d like to think of himself as independent and free and for me being in debt is not being able to be free and be able to make choices”. Because of that, he is debating whether or not to further is education. To him, he feels like it is not worth it because furthering his education, can possibly put him further in debt. It is so hard to get a job after you graduate from college that many people are starting to wonder if it is even worth it. The system we have favors the rich. If you have the money, you can go to a better school and get a better job. This frustration leads many people to go against social norms and leads them to want to change the society that they live in.
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