Mar 2, ArticlesEssential Reading comments I want to start this article by doing a little thought experiment. Imagine for a moment that you are in a group of twenty people. In that twenty people there is a defined leader and that leader is responsible for motivating you, teaching you, and otherwise organizing group activities. Things are going along OK, but then at some point the group leader decides that they are not happy with the activities of the group.
The posing question to the phenomenon exampled in the film is, why is social status so important in high school, and why is it more valued than education by teenagers? The conflict theory, founded by Karl Marx, can help explain and determine the question at hand.
The movie focuses on Cady Heron, who is new to public school and enters completely naive. On her first day, Cady is greeted by two unpopular kids, Janis and Damian, who are the sources and influences to most of her actions in the movie.
Everyone envies them and soon Cady oddly finds her way into the clique. Janis and Damian wants her to ruin the leader of The Plastics, Regina George, but as the movie progresses she finds herself becoming one of them rather than succeeding in committing the down fall to Regina.
When Cady is soon turned on by Regina, her social status falls to non existent once again. The Burn Book created by The Plastics degrades many students in the school and Regina plants it as if Cady wrote the whole thing, causing a huge outbreak in the school.
Cady seeks to confide in the friends she once neglected, Janis and Damian, when she begins regretting her decisions. The importance of popularity and how it greatly affects someone is highlighted in this movie.
There are concepts of the conflict theory that can be found in the movie itself. Capital is the goal and source the society hungers for, it is what controls the society. This is proven when Cady is considering joining the mathletes but Regina states that it would be "social suicide" in such a horrific tone.
The Bourgeois are business owners, means of productions; those who are above in society. When everyone is raving about Regina George in the beginning of the movie, it proves that she, a plastic, has a high status. The Proletarians are masses workers, dependent of work to survival with few resources; they are the lower class.
The other students would be the proletarians in the movie, everyone else is either victimized by the plastics or highly admire them.
The burn book that includes everyone, but the Plastics themselves, further proves this. Alienation is the feeling of separation and being isolated from society.
When Cady first attends the school, she feels a sense of alienation because she has no friends or popularity.
In one part of the movie she eats lunch in the restroom. Janis also is an example of alienation, her story of going from friend to foe with Regina caused her to become isolated from everyone else.
Inequality is a lack of equality. In the film the inequality within the school deals with the imbalance of popularity; only the plastics have a high amount of social status while everyone else is below them.
All of these concepts lead to the conflict and battle to gaining the capital of popularity in the movie, a lot of backstabbing happens. I now realize that this deals with a bigger concept than displayed and this problem is still in occurrence.
Teenagers focus more on gaining popular than they do learning material in order to educate themselves. Cady went from focusing on her math studies to worrying about what she could do next to keep her social status.
Due to how valued popularity is in high school, everyone wants to acquire that capital of a high social status. If everyone is competing for the same source of capital then this causes war, which occurs a lot in high school -- a social war zone that is hard to survive.
Rumors begin to start, friendships are broken, and even sanity can be ruined all for the sake of popularity.Sociology of Sexuality. This page is a resource explaining the sociological concept of sexuality.
I provide an overview of sexual practices in Australia and cross-cultural examples where “institutionalised” or socially sanctioned homosexuality have been endorsed. Applying the conflict theory to 'Mean Girls' has helped me breakdown the theme and understand the underlying message of the movie.
I now realize that this deals with a bigger concept than displayed and this problem is still in occurrence. Teenagers focus more on gaining popular than they do learning material in order to educate themselves.
One of the final scenes in the movie involves Cady breaking up the Spring Fling tiara. She finally realized that conforming to the expectations of high school social groups was the norm and she was literally ready to break it.
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