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Status frustration

Cohen argues that a result of being labelled a failure by society and education lead young boys to react with STATUS FRUSTRATION
They created they're own subcultures (gangs) with their own values


Evaluation +

We can all recollect groups of this type
Willis study the lads gives a supporting example
Provides explanation of non-economic crime, crimes for thrills


Evaluation -

Downes study found no examples of actual subcultures
POSTMODERNISTS argue there is no majority culture today


Male role models

Boys experience anxiety about their identity without role models so then to all male peer groups or street gangs