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The Socs are the rival gang in S.E. Hinton's book The Outsiders.  The Greasers live on the East side of town and the Socs live on the West side of town.  In addition to living on the opposite side of town, the Socs differ from the Greasers in one other major trait.  The Socs are all from wealthy families.  Money is not a concern of theirs.  That is evidenced by things that the Greasers say about the Socs and the fact that the Socs almost always arrive in muscle cars of various types.  While the Socs seem to have it all together and just enjoy fighting with the Greasers, Cherry shows Ponyboy that "things are rough all over."  The Socs have it just as tough as the Greasers, just in different ways.