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Socy 1 Academic Paper – Conflict Perspective – Maxed Out SOCY 1001-100 November 15, 2007
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Socy 2 The documentary, Maxed Out , by James D. Scurlock can best be looked at through the conflict perspective. The conflict perspective focuses on conflict over scarce and valued resources. The overall idea is that dominant and subordinate groups are in conflict over scarce and valued resources. It focuses on inequality and injustice in society. This can be seen every day in the United States between credit companies and those that are in debt, with the valued resource being money. By looking at Maxed Out through the conflict theoretical perspective, we can recognize credit companies being a dominate group and lower classes as a subordinate group and how credit companies recreate and reinforce subordination, which many observers from other perspectives don’t see; this is important because this cycle goes against American ideals of equality. A dominate group and a subordinate group seen in the documentary is credit companies and lower classes, respectively. A dominate group is the group that has more money, goods, and prestige than others. In general terms, a dominate group is the group that has most of the control and power. In Maxed Out , a dominate group can be recognized as credit companies. The credit companies portrayed in the documentary were all wealthy. They also all tended to be white males. This definition of the dominate group further reveals the unequal distribution of power and resources in society. Wealthy, white males more commonly have a higher ascribed social status. Meaning, these white males are more commonly born into a higher and more powerful society than other minority groups. This ascribed social status allows for these individuals to acquire higher-end jobs, such as within credit companies. A subordinate group is the group that has less money, goods, and prestige than others. Overall, a subordinate group is the group that has less control or power over their lives and decisions. Their social status causes them to have less opportunities and less power. In Maxed Out , a subordinate group can be seen as lower class individuals, minority groups, college students, and/or disabled. The people that were subordinated in the documentary would all fit in at least one of these categories. The individuals tended to be in an underclass society, a racial minority, female, students, and/or undereducated. The types of people that fall into the subordinate group are all groups of people that have more commonly been taken advantage of in our societies. These groups, because of their title and underlying meaning, are taken advantage of and are left
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Socy 3 with less power and less control. These definitions of these dominate and subordinate groups can help give us further insight into problems in our society. One of these problems is that banks and other creditors deliberately market to people who are
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