Strain Theory (Sociology)

Basic Idea of the Strain Theory:
  • Current societies stress the goals of acquiring wealth, success, and power
  • However, the means to achieve these goals require education and economic resources
  • These means are frequently denied or unavailable to those who are economically disadvantaged or have little opportunity for formal education
  • Example: The Wire, Season 4, Episode 8
  • Young African American youth yearning for the chance to work on the streets to sell drugs because they know this is the only way they can make money

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