Television consumption and Institutional Anomie Theory

Citation

Rosenberger, Jared S. (2016). Television consumption and Institutional Anomie Theory. Sociological Focus. vol. 49 (4) pp. 305-325

Abstract

Messner and Rosenfeld’s Institutional Anomie Theory (IAT) is based on the assumption that the “American Dream” produces a society that is dominated by the economy and obsessed with the pursuit of success. Thus, crime is prevalent in the United States because individuals are willing to cut corners in order to attain the “dream” for themselves. This article extends the work of Messner and Rosenfeld (1994), contending that the “American Dream” is transmitted directly to citizens through the consumption of television representations. Using over 6,000 cases from the public use portion of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (ADD Health), the author conducted regression analysis to assess the influence of television consumption on both the cultural and institutional dynamics of IAT. This research is also one of only a few to apply IAT at the individual level of analysis.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00380237.2016.1169905

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Sociological Focus

Author(s)

Rosenberger, Jared S.

Year Published

2016

Volume Number

49

Issue Number

4

Pages

305-325

Edition

June 23, 2016

DOI

10.1080/00380237.2016.1169905

Reference ID

7969