AQA Sociology A2 - Cohen's Status Frustration

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

  • Innovation (as they replace the values and means with their own).
  • Rebellion (as they replace the values and means with their own).
  • Retreatism (as they replace the values and means with their own).
  • Ritualism (as they replace the values and means with their own).
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2. Which of these is NOT a weakness of Cohen's approach (all others are)?

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

3. Which one of the studies resonates with Status frustration?

  • Parson's Warm Bath Theory
  • Willis's Lads 1977 Study
  • Bordieu Cultural Capital Study
  • Corrigan's Study

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

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

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

  • (White) Working Class Females
  • (White) Working Class Boys
  • (Black) Middle Class Boys
  • (White) "Under Class" Females

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