Mexican americans all wanted the same benefits as

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Mexican Americans all wanted the same benefits as their fellow “Anglo” miners, this was a unionized movement that needed to happen within the community. Workers begin to hold protests which isn’t just affecting the men, it’s affecting the entire families. There is an undertone of sexism that they movie shows as the women are deemed as lesser workers. Even their roles as mothers and wives is undermined. Quite ironic when it comes to the men being miners, this relates with Honor and the American dream…the woman seem to have to pick of the pieces of broken families, children absorbed into gangs that rival each other in their own society. This offsets the balance of power in the actual household, just as Esperanza experienced when she is sent to jail, having now to be separated as just a wife and not a “worker”. Forming of societies that face diversity and equal rights problems all seem to stem from the social stratification formed by certain situations. Of course in the suburbs of Chicago, there is a heavy shift in the fight or flight mechanism. Coping of how society is, justifies the nature of what this type of society faces…being forced to fight to survive and to allow the furtherment of
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4 RUNNING TITLE: A GANG OF GANGS the families own version of heritage. Fighting for each others rights but at the same time fighting for their own version that primarily benefits. Such as the film, it seems evident that they will only fight for their own community first, even pitting against each other and almost forcing families to move away from the town due to the “benefit” of only one family. This is the same premise in gang related territories, families fight and gang for their family…not necessarily the community. Common themes are seen through these social situations as written by Ruth Horowitz “Social settings and social situations within these settings are where important social relationships are negotiated and where crucial decisions are made. There is also a processual aspect to these settings and situations. Individuals change as they move into new or different social settings, situations, or institutions. In these new contexts relationships may have to be redefined. Under other conditions the old evaluations may be reaffirmed despite structural differences.” (Horowitz, 26.) This clearly defines in a way what the community in the film had to go through, being forced into a social setting and social situation…it defined what the peoples of this community had to push for in order to overcome their struggle. The film was blacklisted in Hollywood due to its “communist” agenda. Something that an “Anglo” society dicated, ironically just as it was
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