From the Film crash
Which sociological perspective best explains the strong responses
displayed by characters in the film as they have encounters with and interact with people who may or may not, by racial identity, resemble them?
Symbolic Interaction Theory
This critically acclaimed film is interesting and entertaining but does not accurately depict American social structure during the time period in which it is set.
The content of the film relies heavily on the fact that preconceived notions of racial and ethnic identity play a powerful role in our social interaction. These preconceived notions are regularly described as stereotypes. But, there is a sociological term that moves beyond the broad generalizations of stereotyping and focuses very specifically on the social construction of what we believe about the people we may stereotype. Those beliefs are encompassed within what sociologists describe as ___________________________.
The film depicts difficulties encountered by members of a subordinate race and gender.
Without engaging in judgmental processes, state which sociological term best describes the film's depiction of the roles played by members of competing genders and races? The roles are ____________.
based only on economics
Functionally defined roles always assure equal opportunity for those assigned to the roles.
While broad processes of socialization may be responsible for the development of personal prejudice there is another process that may contribute on an equal or even greater basis. It is described as _______________________________.
unique individual experience
The film makes a powerful case that equal protection under the law is not a guarantor of personal security.
Age, gender and skin color are all examples of sociologically defined _______________.
none of the above
The content of this film bears no relation to reality and within the past ten years there are no examples of racial prejudice, suspicion and fear in America that can even approach that depicted in the film.
In an effort to protect and defend the rights of minorities the American justice system continues to engage in legal efforts aimed at correcting gross inequities that have occurred decades in the past and that contribute to contemporary social problems.
While racial discrimination and segregation were powerful components of American law in the past, the only remnants today are in ________________ segregation and discrimination.
Using statistics obtained from an internet or other outside source, you can find evidence that today the American justice system provides equal protection under the law and is never slanted against racial minorities.
The film's social structure, depicting suspicion and fear of difference on an inter- and intra-racial basis, cannot be justified based on empirically gathered and analyzed data.
America is the only country in the world in which perception of racial difference plays a role in the organization of social structure.
The social structure of Las Vegas, including geographic areas that are statistically identifiable as being predominantly populated by specific racial and ethnic groups, is evidence of the ongoing vestiges of racism and ethnocentrism.
Stereotypical images of members of racial and ethnic groups have absolutely no connection to social reality
The membership of the Congress of the United States of America provides powerful evidence that there is an equal division of authority and power between America's diverse racial and ethnic groups.
There is not now, and never has been, any support for racial discrimination among the leaders of law enforcement that would have give rise to the kind of racially driven fears depicted in the movie.
Marx described the division of society as being grounded most obviously in the division of wealth. As such, Marx believed that the economically based class system was more powerful than virtually all other social variables. Within this film there is clear presentation of a society divided by wealth, and one in which social class is important. However, a sociologically sound case could be made that while wealth is important wealth cannot fully mitigate the social impact of what is commonly, though unscientifically, called difference in racial identity.
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