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What are "greasers" and "socs" in the book "The Outsiders"?Hey. So I have to read the...

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briavan | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 30, 2010 at 6:04 AM via web

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What are "greasers" and "socs" in the book "The Outsiders"?

Hey. So I have to read the book for school. Everyone does. But I have to answer a questions that is "Are you more likely to be in the greaser gang, or the socs gang?" And I don't know what either of them are. :) Thank you!

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firelord634 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 30, 2010 at 10:16 AM (Answer #1)

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greasers and socs have differences and similarities. Greasers are likely poor and grease their hair hence the name. Socs dress in "madras" or dress all preppy and are rich. They both have gangs, jump people, and fight.

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coco85 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted February 7, 2011 at 7:10 AM (Answer #2)

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Socs is short for Socials.  They are the preppy rich kids.  They are clean cut and appear wholesome.  They come from rich, influential families.  From the outside they appear to be the “nice kids”.  While on the other hand, the Greasers, are hoods, trouble makers it seems.  From poor and often broken homes, they have created a family for themselves; their gang is their family and they would die for one another.  They are called Greasers because they have greased back hair.  They wear leather jackets and carry knives.  They have the reputation of being no good and causing fights or rumbles.  From the outside they seem to be the “bad kids”, however, the novel shows that appearances can be deceiving.

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crystaltu001 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted August 16, 2014 at 6:14 AM (Answer #3)

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Socs stand for Socials. They are popular and they aren't poor. They are from rich families. The greasers are from poor families and can't really afford stuff. They don't really have family that would care for them so the greasers sort of developed this love for one another and would do anything for each other. They are also called greasers because their hair is always greased.

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