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Explain at least 4 sociological/cultural concepts, please. I have to make movie review...

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andrei1410 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 14, 2010 at 7:39 AM via web

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Explain at least 4 sociological/cultural concepts, please.

I have to make movie review using at least 4 sociological concepts. Can anyone suggest which movie is good to make review on it.

Hotel Rwanda

Brazil

Million Dollar Baby

Office Space

Gandhi

Boys Don’t Cry

The Village

Cape Fear (deNiro version)

Mystic River

Last Samurai

Mothman Prophecies

Traffic

The Wall

Glory

Stepford Wives

Pretty in Pink

Hoop Dreams

The Terminal

The Breakfast Club

It’s a Wonderful Life

Bowling for Columbine

Grapes of Wrath

Pretty Woman

The Hours

To Kill a Mockingbird

Citizen Kane

Cabin Fever

Clockwork Orange

Fight Club

Radio

Crash

Nosferatu

Titanic

The Gods Must be Crazy

Taxi Driver

Coming to America

American History X

Roger & Me

Fight Club

Inherit the Wind

Dead Poet’s Society

Mona Lisa’s Smile

Bullworth

Life is Beautiful

American Beauty

Lord of the Flies

The Truman Show

The Matrix

With Honors

Affluenza

Erin Brokovich

Working Girl

Risky Business

Baby Boom

Rain Man

Philadelphia

Dogma

Chocolat

Parenthood

Shawshank Redemption

Last Castle

Witness

Meet Joe Black

 

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted May 14, 2010 at 8:34 AM (Answer #2)

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In the movie Hotel Rwanda the four sociological concepts would be colonization, class system, types of societies (Hutus, Tutsi, and British), and genocide.

Four sociological concepts for Mystic River are political institutions, deviant behavior, capitalism, and cultural norms.

Pretty in Pink has class system, social norms, values, and ethnocentrism.

When looking at social systems one had to take in consideration the dynamics of a society and the interactions among the members.  The class system is evident in teenagers in school because they have their own social structure within a greater class system.  For example: football players and cheerleaders are considered at the top of the tier.

 

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mstultz72 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 14, 2010 at 9:08 AM (Answer #3)

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Depending on which movies you've seen, you can choose any of the following sociological concepts:

Inequalities of Race and Ethnicity

  • prejudice
  • discrimination
  • assimilation
  • race
  • ethnic group
  • dominant / majority group
  • minority group

Inequalities of Gender

  • gender stratification
  • sexual harassment
  • gender
  • sex
  • blocked opportunities
  • sexism

Social Class & Stratification

  • social class
  • capitalism
  • cast system
  • class system
  • wealth
  • power

Socialization

  • nature vs. nurture
  • gender socialization
  • agents of socialization: family
  • agents of socialization: peers
  • agents of socialization: school

Culture

  • mores
  • taboos
  • values
  • nature vs. nurture
  • gender socialization
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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 16, 2010 at 1:06 PM (Answer #4)

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Loved American Beauty, and your post inspired me to go watch it again.  That's quite a list of classics you have there too.  Sociologically in AB, consider the theme of homosexuality, and its treatment within our society and within the military as through the character of Colonel Fitts.

Another sociological theme to look at is depression, suffered by the main character, and the way in which students react to him.

Domestic/family life, and marital issues, physical or emotional abuse both given and taken by major characters.

Marriage as an institution and the dysfunctional nature of the two marriages in the story.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 21, 2011 at 1:34 PM (Answer #5)

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That is a long list! I agree with poster 3 that many of the movies listed are about inequality and discrimination. For example, in the movie about Erin Brockovich, the idea is that people look down on members of a lower class and see them as gullible and easy to take. First there is Erin herself, and the discrimination she faced from seeming to belong to a lower class. More importantly, there was the discrimination by PGE against the poor people whose health they risked.

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