AQA Sociology A2 - Cohen's Status Frustration

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

  • Consequence leads to a > Situation leads to a > Response
  • Value leads to a > Norm leads to an > Expectation
  • Situation leads to a > Response leads to a > Consequence
  • Education leads to a > Pressure leads to an > Expectation
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2. Which of these is NOT a weakness of Cohen's approach (all others are)?

  • 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 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 assumes everyone starts off with middle-class values and will feel like failures if they don't meet them.

3. Which of these is a strength of Cohen's approach (all others are false)?

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

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

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

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

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


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