You are to analyze the true-life events from Paradise Lost or The Central Park Five using theories of deviance in the text. Each theoretical approach (functionalism, conflict, and symbolic interactionism) has theories on deviance.
1.How would functionalists explain the case?
In which category in Merton’s Strain Theory would the WM3 or Central Park Five fall before and after the convictions? Explain.
2. How would symbolic interactionists explain the convictions?
How does labeling theory apply?
3. How do you think conflict theorists (Marxists) would explain the cases? (Remember how they divided society.)
Be specific and thorough in your analysis. In your own opinion, which theoretical approach best explains the events that occurred in the documentary film? Explain thoroughly. This should be at least four paragraphs (one for each approach and one with your opinion/summary).