Desmond further explains that the key to shedding light on the unequal distribution of power and goods that shape social relations are the concepts of cultural resistance, appropriation, and cultural imperialism (49). Second, she argues that movement needs more attention "as a primary, not a secondary, social text, one of immense importance and tremendous challenge" (49). She argued that because we tend to only rely on texts, art, sometimes music to learn about a culture. Desmond states that "we should not ignore the ways in which dance signals and enacts social identities in all their continually changing
Reicher (1984) surmise that; identification is derived from the accentuated perceived similarities by group members in which they adopt a sense of homogeneity. Therefore, providing the basis for stereotypical norm to which group members conform. For example, social identification is illustrated by chanting songs unique to the club, similarly exhibited by chanting racial slurs; “We’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it” (Gibson, 2015). Echoing the old aphorism; “safety in numbers” the philosophy behind the theory of deindividuation provide an interesting insight into the morphology of group discriminations. Derived from Le Bon’s text on crowd psychology in 1897; deindividuation implies that the sense of anonymity in groups leads group members to lose all sense of individuality thereby, relinquishing all sense of accountability to the group (Le Bon, 1897).
Technology has enabled new ways of measuring ourselves. “In a meme’s-eye view of the world, any idea – from religious belief or a political affiliation to a new style of jeans or a catchy tune – can be seen as a sort of independent agent loosed into the population, where it travels from mind to mind, burrowing into each, colonizing all as widely and ruthlessly as it can” (Wasik, 479). The evolution of Wasik’s very original kind of performance was all made due to our ability to discover the importance of individuality. With technology people alienate themselves from one another. Wasik’s experiment created a sense of community, transformed methods of communication, and allowed those participating a moment of freedom and to experience forms of
Each individual differs from another, yet human beings have manufactured the idea of race and separate sub-cultures in order to create a system that benefits the construction of explanations for numerous social anomalies. Although, each person has a particular set of ideals, morals, and experiences, the desire to create a profile for the abundance of criminal activity has allowed a group of elites to create the concept of sub-cultures that endorse violence. As a result certain ethnical groups are portrayed as being marked by a sub-culture of anarchy and poverty. Robert D. Crutchfield, a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Washington, explores the manifestation and the philosophy that is incorporated in order to justify why certain races are believed to harbor pro-crime norms and values.
The last are the single rule makers, who create both formal and informal regulations. The first ones are set forth in the laws and statutes, while the second are unwritten and describe the opposition concerned more precisely. Rigidity and brutality of these unwritten rules depend on the personality of the warden. It fluctuates from the allowance of black market “to let off steam from the pressure-cooker” to “moonlight burials” of Gregg Stemmas or “Bread and water Norton’s diet” (22,
The symbols reinforce the oppression and destruction of society. As previously discussed, Ken Kesey’s creation of the authoritarian style mental ward; Combine, is effective in portraying the hypocrisies of society. Just as the control panel featured in the novel represents the controlling ways society implements people’s decisions and acts a obstacle of freedom. Lastly, the fog machine that Chief Bromden describes, effectively shows how manipulative and unrealistic societal expectations
For postmodernism, meaning & the categories of thought are shifting & unstable. While using many of the fundamental ideas in structuralism, I follow the American anthropologist Roy Wagner in using the notion of trope or metaphor in the context of a phenomenology in order to map the unfolding structure of social forms. Using linguistic sociological tools in an analysis of mysticism & some other relevant subject matter such as magic, sacrifice, ritual initiation, and so on, is difficult for several reasons. One of these is that language & the structure of society were in their origins and development completely entangled in religion and the sacred. It seems that language originally was, by its very nature & power, sacred.
In dystopian society, technology, social manipulation, and control are all factors used to maintain oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society, even at the expense of universal human values. The film Metropolis by Fritz Lang and the novel 1984 by George Orwell offer a variety of social and political perspectives that allow the audience to gain insight into the oppression of freedom, truth and love within their context. Both address loss of these values within society through control and oppression, but they differ in perspective, due to the contrasting views of each composer. Lang made Metropolis during the era of the Weimar Republic. This was the country's first attempt at creating a democracy in the very difficult years following the first world war, as he tapped into Germany's power struggles, issues of poverty and conflict.
As quoted from Straight Outta Compton, “Even great talent can crash and burn.” The impact that music had on the characters and effects of the films were shown through genres such as percussion, instrumental, hip-hop, rap, and jazz funk beats/lyrics. The stories told on the forefront were those of hard work and successes, while the undercurrent demonstrated certain consequences and realities that came with such things as well; in the case of these two films, talent was the narration, and issues such as drugs, race, and
I simply thought (as ignorant and naive as it was) that it was how we were born, just like the colour of our skin. By reading a couple of articles and essays about the influences of culture, I have already found out that members of collectivist cultures tend to be interdependent and to have self-concepts defined in terms of relationships and social obligations and in contrast, members of individualist cultures tend to strive for independence and have self-concepts defined in terms of their own aspirations and achievements. I also learned from psychologist Nalini Ambady that both the structure and function of the human brain throughout its development are shaped by the environment. The social environment, in turn, is shaped by culture. This makes a lot more sense concerning the topic of growing up in a cultured household with strict morals and