Robert K. Merton - structureel functionalist. Concepts: Clarifying functional analysis, Unanticipated consequences and manifest and latent functions, paradigm of deviant behaviour, obliteration by incorporation' multiples, the Matthew effect.
The self-fulfilling prophecy is, in the beginning, a false definition of the situation evoking a new behavior which makes the originally false conception come true. The specious validity of the self-fulfilling prophecy perpetuates a reign of error. For the prophet will cite the actual course of events as proof that he was right from the very beginning. (Robert K. Merton) #quotes #quote #quotations #RobertK.Merton