Robert Merton’s Goal Attainment Theory

there is a section discussing Robert Merton’s Strain Theory of Deviance. This theory basically argues that when individuals feel

pressure and/or strain to attain certain cultural goals they may resort to different forms of deviance to alleviate the pressure and

achieve specific social goals.

Utilizing Merton’s theory identify you will need to identify an individual or social group that is well known in the public sphere.

You will be utilizing one of his subcategories of deviant behavior (innovator, ritualist, rebel, or retreatist). You will need to

explain and specify which category this individual best fits into and why using their own behavior and track record as your

examples. For example, you may choose a professional athlete (Lebron James), artist(?) (Justin Bieber), or social group such as the

Amish. Please be specific with the examples and how they fit into the category.

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Please state which category you have chosen at the top of your submission