In what ways might the membership of a

In what ways might the membership of a - In what ways might...

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In what ways might the membership of a "delinquent sub-culture" give people status? In this respect, Cohen argued, it didn't really matter what specific form status took (for example, whether it was approved by authority or, as was usually the case, disapproved of by those in authority); what mattered was that an alternative social setting was created whereby young, working-class, males could define status on their own (group) terms. For Cohen , therefore, status groups amongst "delinquent boys" were clearly oppositional in two senses: Firstly , their basic reason for existing was to develop a means of getting a desired social commodity (status / respect) that was denied to them by mainstream culture. Given that it was "middle class culture that was effectively denying them a sense of self-worth, it is hardly surprising that such sub-cultural groups should find themselves in opposition to the kind of norms and values perpetuated through the education system (respect for authority, unquestioning obedience, the denial of valid knowledge and so forth). Secondly, by opposing such sub-cultural groups were reacting to the situation in which such boys found themselves. In effect, Cohen is arguing that these groups would not need to develop (not the structural and Functionalist implications) if the education system (and, by implication, society as a whole) could provide alternative
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