Robert Merton’s theory on Anomie

Robert Merton mentions how the American society puts a lot of people into deviance behavior, he says, “people act in immoral ways to achieve success.” So could bullies in school be considered in one of Merton’s modes of adaptation to anomie? Is it believable to say that bullying is a way that some students act to achieve success? Lately, bullying in schools have been highly known and informed to unaware parents, children and teachers, due to the many complaints from victims who were bullied. There are a variety of reasons why some students bully in school; some are from social rejection, lack of attention at home, and academic failure.  Looking at these reasons, Merton could say that the mode of adaptation to anomie for bullies is innovation. These “bullies” mostly likely know what it takes to do well in school, however their lack of support at home from their parents, whether its emotionally or financially, causes them to stress- bottling up their emotions and taking it out on others verbally or physically, because in their current situations, they may not believe that they can grasp the opportunities like others who are not going through the same issues to succeed in school.

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One response to “Robert Merton’s theory on Anomie

  1. Bullying is such a terrible act towards kids because it is happening in a lot of schools where the kid who is bullying others, has problems that he himself cannot fight and takes it upon his classmates. There are many organizations that fight against bullying and i could agree and question if Merton sees bullying as an anomie. due to the fact that some of the kids bottle up their emotions and physically showing it to others, needs to be controlled because if it does not get controlled, it could get into an ugly situation.

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