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LS 163 Lecture – 9/14 19:12 REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE LECTURE: -Movie: Modeling behavioral motivations and adolescent behavioral dynamics -Ideologically in our heyday of two things that stand out: 1) rehabilitative ideal –  no bad kids, just need rehabilitation 2) the distinction between psychological and  sociological theories of delinquency (sociologically – white and decent) -Story was psychological, very dated stereotypes (age, gender, marriage) -Jim’s psychological problem – Wimpy Father, abuses him, since his father is a  coward, he is worried about being a coward (“Chicken”) himself.  Gender  stereotype: Father’s character a crime for being cowardly.  -Judy’s psychological problem – Father is mildly disturbed about her “budding”  sexuality  -Pattern of what constitutes of marriage and the roles of marriage are dated Strong men are required, only wimpy women need apply, the idea of working  women…forget it -Cultural Assumptions Race – Only one non-white character -Plato – Doesn’t have any parents Sociological Question:  Buzz’s group a gang?  o Behavioral Dynamics – Buzz behaves differently in front of group, because  we can see that to Jim he was different o Judy different from group because being observed by others o Zimring: Sociological standards not a gang, it has traits of a nasty group,  with some sort of leadership, but there is no continuity or some sort of  insignia o But it has all of the motivational/peer pressuring impacts that most formal  gang behavior would have o Gender Analysis: Do any girls fight? NOPE, but they cheer Why do the boys fight? Why a positive? Pride, What’s the mechanism?  o Adolescent Specific o Embedded with Culturally mediated roles -Screenwriter’s perspective:
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First major problem: How do you get this nice/intelligent kid into a knife fight?  You can say self defense delinquency charge on using the knife. But there is  technical liability. There are two stages to the fight: Picked on and shoved and  asked to participate. The self defense would only be available by mentioning  the refusal to fight and being attacked. The movie did not get that impression  though. This is an avoidance situation, either fight with the knife or have the 
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