Albert Cohen- Status Frustration
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Well done Tom you you got an A* in the essay,Harry and Josh you need to try harder next time!
Never mind we've been failing for the last five years, we might aswell continue to fail.
Ah thank you sir, I feel confident about the exam.
I can't believe we all got into Oxford University!!!
RESULTS DAY 2018
We've never fitted in here and now we've completely failed! I'm so frustrated!
I need to let out this frustration, let's steal that car and joyride it!
Yes!! You're so cool!!
Cohen focused on working class youth boys saying that they fail at school therefore they end up not being able to get good jobs or be economically successful.
Cohen argues that working class youth boys face anomie in the middle-class dominated school system. They suffer from cultural deprivation and lack the skills to achieve. Their inability to succeed in this middle class world leaves them at the bottom of the official status hierarchy. As a result of being unable to achieve status by legitimate means (education),the boys suffer status frustration.
Cohen uses his theory to explain non-utilitarian crime. Non-utilitarian crime is crime which is not committed for material gain such as vandalism, loitering and joyriding which can help working class youths to deal with their status frustration by having an outlet for this frustration and also because it helps them to gain status within their delinquent subculture.
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