Analysis Of Bend It Like Beckham

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Introduction The movie Bend It Like Beckham explores inside the cultures of Punjabi Sikhs, British, and even people from Ireland who migrated to England. Alongside showcasing the cultures, the movie discusses the societal and gender roles of woman. The main character, Jesminder "Jess" Bhamra, a Punjabi Sikh, has an unrelenting passion for soccer and soccer player David Beckham. However, throughout the movie, there are constant reminders that people from Jess’s culture should not be involved on sports but to focus on traditions surrounding her culture. Jess’s mother continuously drags Jess away from soccer towards Punjabi Sikh traditions like cooking certain foods. Right at the start of the movie, Jess’s sister , Pinky, is set to be married…show more content…
The two taxonomies are power distance and individualism vs collectivism. First of all, power distance is described as the state where a “culture believes that institutional and organizational power should be distributed unequally” and one should not question those in power. Children in high power-distances are expected to follow their parents rules, sayings, and orders without question or complaint. In contrast, children in low power-distances will find a loop or exploitation in their parents’ orders and will seek reasoning or questioning behind a particular task. In a similar situation, teacher would have power over the distance in high power-distances. Teachers would also look for obedience and active listening skills. There is a clear pattern depicted from the previous two examples. Typically, positions where one is higher than others will expect authoritarian rule. On the other hand, those in a low power-distance are more carefree and have lower expectations in numerous activities or occupations. To further explain, countries are a prime example of this taxonomy. Countries like Austria, Denmark, and New Zealand look for ways to break the barriers and inequalities of different social classes. They will also retaliate versus governmental or authoritarian figures if there is something to challenge about. Countries such as Guatemala, Malaysia, and the…show more content…
Individualism-collectivism describes the degree to where people rely on themselves or a group. Some countries that express individualism include Belgium, Hungary, the Netherlands, and the United States. Most citizens from theses countries look out for themselves. Their decision-making skill heavily relies on analyzing what outcome(s) benefits the individual. However, people who are categorized under being individual do not have to be completely solo. Alongside themselves, these individuals would also look out for their families but not as immense compared to collectivists. Countries that are considered collectivist include Guatemala, Indonesia, Pakistan, China, South Korea, and Japan. In collectivist cultures, there’s a great amount of emphasis on loyalty to a group. Groups may vary from “families, extended families, work group, a social organization, or a caste.” People who follow the collectivist ideology will make decisions based on it benefiting their group. Collectivist groups will always be on the lookout for each of their
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