AQA Sociology A2 - Cohen's Status Frustration

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1. Where are [the main social group that Cohen looks at] on the status hierarchy?

  • At the bottom.
  • Penultimate.
  • Near the top of the hierarchy.
  • They aren't on the hierarchy.
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2. Which of these is a strength of Cohen's approach (all others are false)?

  • It resonates well with the work of Ann Oakley.
  • He uses a wide range of social institutions within his argument.
  • He offers an explanation for non-utilitarian/non-monetary crime.
  • He offers a clear and straightforward solution towards removing subcultural crime.

3. 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

4. Essentially what do [the main social group that Cohen looks at] strive towards?

  • A society without hierarchies.
  • To succeed in alternative status hierarchy.
  • Respect and appreciation from Aristocrats.
  • The elimination of education.

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

  • 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 assumes everyone starts off with middle-class values and will feel like failures if they don't meet them.
  • Quite simplistic - he assumes it's ALL about status.
  • He fails to account for the fact some crimes might not appear out of frustration, but mere humour for example.


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