AQA Sociology A2 - Cohen's Status Frustration

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

  • He offers an explanation for non-utilitarian/non-monetary crime.
  • He offers a clear and straightforward solution towards removing subcultural crime.
  • It resonates well with the work of Ann Oakley.
  • He uses a wide range of social institutions within his argument.
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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.
  • At the bottom.
  • Penultimate.
  • They aren't on the hierarchy.

3. What is Cohen's subcultural theory a development of?

  • Kai Erikson's view that society maintains a level of crime, not aims to remove it.
  • Durkheim's Functionalist approach to crime.
  • Robert Merton's Strain Theory.
  • Eileen Leonard's view on gender in crime.

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

  • Quite simplistic - he assumes it's ALL about status.
  • 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 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.

5. What does Cohen say subcultures usually do to mainstream values?

  • Invert them.
  • Evaluate them.
  • Consider them.
  • Reject most, but keep some of them.

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