1. Use Merton’s strain theory to interpret the popularity of methamphetamine.
2. Sociologists stress that the definition of what is deviant varies from time to time and place to place. Some people feel that our society is moving toward regarding cigarette smoking as deviant. Do you agree? If so, how is this accomplished?
3. What social policies would be likely to be recommended by a sociologist who favored Merton’s strain theory in order to reduce property crime by the poor?
4. Americans have historically been more willing to accept biological and psychological explanations of criminality than sociological ones. Why do you think this has been the case?
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