1. Discuss Merton’s theory of anomie. Include the following: the primary cultural goal in America; the difference between cultural goals and institutionalized means for achieving them; the various adaptations; weaknesses of the theory.
2. What is meant by Emile Durkheim’s observation that crime is normal? Include in your answer a discussion of mechanical/organic solidarity.
3. What is the importance of the gang for an understanding of delinquency according to Albert Cohen? In your answer, include a discussion of at least two of the following: short-run hedonism; status frustration; middle class measuring rods; gendered delinquency.
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