AQA Sociology A2 - Cohen's Status Frustration

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

  • To succeed in alternative status hierarchy.
  • The elimination of education.
  • Respect and appreciation from Aristocrats.
  • A society without hierarchies.
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2. Which one of the studies resonates with Status frustration?

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

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)?

  • He fails to account for the fact some crimes might not appear out of frustration, but mere humour for example.
  • 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.
  • He focuses too much on the working class men, when working class females are actually worse off.
  • Quite simplistic - he assumes it's ALL about status.

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

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

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