Robert Merton spoke about young people and their way of surviving in society. He mentioned about the emotional effect of not having a job for a certain period of time. It is sad to learn how young people would resolve to getting anti-depressant, suffer from panic attack, insomnia, commit suicide or becoming suicidal, hurt themselves, not able to control anger or do drugs.
Social structure can be so demanding that a person would resolve to deviant behavior. Most time people feel out of place and I think it because of inequality or the way social structure is divided. When the demand is high and the tool is not provided it is not easy and resolve to means that are not necessarily acceptable but deviant.
When we are part of an environment that is competitive especially in the American society as mentioned by Merton “the end justifies the means” I know a couple that the husband and the wife lost their job and they have a son and a house. They both worked for Hostess. The husband started to drink as he was not able to deal with the situation. He was withdrawn and about to lose his house and the more the bills were piling the more he was drinking. According to Merton this man as resolved to Retreatism. he was thinking that drinking would take away the problem. It is a also a lack of self esteem.
There are many who are going through these type of pressure. Some are able to just survive and comform or adapt to whatever the norms are as long as they surviving while they may try to go back to school get an education to get a better job. In a sense they adapting through comformity and Rituals. I guess it is better to be innovative then to commit criminal act and not follow rules.
Merton also refers to a last category describe as rebellious which are those who do not follow any rules.
That is the reason why I do encourage the young people of this society to go to school and finish. It is not guarantee that they will get a good job but the possibilities are greater.
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