AQA Sociology A2 - Cohen's Status Frustration

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1. Which social group are the main example used in Cohen's approach?

  • (White) Working Class Females
  • (White) "Under Class" Females
  • (White) Working Class Boys
  • (Black) Middle Class Boys
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2. Where are [the main social group that Cohen looks at] on the status hierarchy?

  • Near the top of the hierarchy.
  • They aren't on the hierarchy.
  • At the bottom.
  • Penultimate.

3. Which of these is NOT a weakness of Cohen's approach (all others are)?

  • Quite simplistic - he assumes it's ALL about status.
  • He focuses too much on the working class men, when working class females are actually worse off.
  • He assumes school is the only place we acquire status.
  • He fails to account for the fact some crimes might not appear out of frustration, but mere humour for example.
  • He assumes everyone starts off with middle-class values and will feel like failures if they don't meet them.

4. Which adaptation could you argue that those who undergo Status Frustration fit into closest?

  • Rebellion (as they replace the values and means with their own).
  • Retreatism (as they replace the values and means with their own).
  • Innovation (as they replace the values and means with their own).
  • Ritualism (as they replace the values and means with their own).

5. Which of these flow charts can explain the formation & effects of Status Frustration?

  • Situation leads to a > Response leads to a > Consequence
  • Value leads to a > Norm leads to an > Expectation
  • Education leads to a > Pressure leads to an > Expectation
  • Consequence leads to a > Situation leads to a > Response

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