Deviance typology Blog #4

Robert Merton’s deviance typology is very interesting. My problem with his theory is that I do not think it is possible to associate a social action to just one category. For example in the riots in England, there were people that join with a rebellion mentality. Others would take advantage of the situation which would be the people that we would refer to as following innovation. Every situation cannot comply only with one deviance. In the England riots there were people who participated with the motivation to overthrow the government. Then there were the people who were part of the riots to take advantage and gain material possessions that they would otherwise never have. This was also visible in occupy Wall Street. There were people who were there just because they thought it was fun, at one in a lifetime experience. Therefore you cannot associate one deviance typology with an event, because there are usually more than one deviance typology at play at the same time.

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3 responses to “Deviance typology Blog #4

  1. Perhaps even if Merton didn’t lump all the people within the the same type of deviance, it takes a certain type of person to want to commit to these types of mass rallies. I believe that even though everyone had different intentions, the fact that they participated in such an event shows similarities in the collective psyche of the group. It takes something within a person to become deviant and although there are different types of deviance, one must be deviant to participate.

  2. I think his modes of adaptation to anomie are very interesting and I never thought we can all fall into one of his categories. Going off what you said great point however, I don’t think the categories are for the whole how you mentioned the riot. You are right every person going into that riot had their own agenda and reason behind it, but with that we have to judge each individual as a single person and which group each and every one of them falls into even us who just go on with our lives every day. No matter what your situation is we each fall into one of these categories at least that’s my opinion.

  3. I think everyone is part of one group, even though you may be part of another you stop yourself. For example if someone is a conformist, that doesnt mean they have to like it but they know better than to fall into rebellion or retreatism even if they have thoughts and want to, because obviously being a conformist is hard when there are so many pressures in todays world.

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