There is a study in which analyzes the behavior and communication of a person when they come into contact or are acknowledge about some other person or group of people. Hence, this study is known as social psychology. Many aspects fall into this topic and those aspects are presented in the film Crash. Crash a film released in 2004, depicts many aspects that fall into the social psychology realm. Firstly, discrimination a significant part of social psychology is the biased view and/or treatment of a particular group of people or things. In the film, an example of discrimination is when a black waitress at a restaurant does not serve two black guys. She instead chooses to serve only the white people in the restaurant. This is a form of discrimination …show more content…
The bystander effect is defined as the effect in which one person feels unobligated to help a situation because there are other people around. An example of this is the movie is when the two black guys in the stolen vehicle hit a man and because the other is present they feel it is best for their sake to stand by and run away from the man they just hit. This behavior shown towards the man who was hit is discourteous and occurred because the two men did not feel inclined to help the man they hit because the other was present. Defensive attribution is the tendency to blame the victim for the crime and is another aspect of social psychology found in the film Crash. One example of this in the film is the same example as stated before; when the two black men hit the pedestrian with a vehicle they stole. This example represents defensive attribution because the two men blame the accident on the man crossing the street and not themselves; who in fact were clearly at …show more content…
This type of social psychology occurs in the film when two black men are faced with a unit of cops with guns pointed at them. This is an example of cognitive dissonance because the because in a tense face-off between the cops and two men the cops try to reduce the tension of the situation by lowering their guns. This also shows psychological tension because the black husband is at risk of being shot by a white cop. Though the situation diffuses and the tension is reduced because of the actions of the cops. Many instances of social psychology such as stereotyping and defensive attribution are found in the film Crash. To reiterate social psychology is the study of how someone's perspective and feelings towards something affect their behavior and treatment of that person or thing. It is what shapes our lives and how society interacts and goes on about life with each other. Lastly, the movie depicts and focuses on the negative aspects of social psychology making an exaggeration of what society is really like; though society is much less than that it is still not
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“It’s none of my business;” “I wasn’t sure what was going on;” “I thought someone else was going to help;” “I didn’t want to get involved;” “I don’t want to be a target;” “I was scared;” “I don’t know”- These, plus many more, are all excuses given as to why bystanders did not choose to intervene in a crime they witnessed. The assistance could have been as simple as calling law enforcement. A crime could have been prevented, or a life could have been saved, but it wasn’t. Martin Gansberg’s “38 Who Saw Murder Didn’t Call the Police” focused on the re-telling of actual events when a woman was murdered while no-one helped. It revealed the psychology of the bystander effect and the frustration of the police, while providing and eliciting emotion.
The film Crash deals with racism in a rather neutral approach; instead of separating the characters into victims and offenders, victims of racism are often shown to be prejudiced themselves in different contexts and situations. Sadly, this is very common practice in modern society. Nonetheless, one of the observable themes throughout this film was the use cultural stereotypes. Such mentions include: An Iranian man alongside his daughter inside a firearm store, attempting to purchase a gun. The owner of the establishment, a white Caucasian male, presents a rather negative attitude towards them.
This reinforces the theme that a white man has more freedom than a black man and is seen at the top of the social hierarchy. This theme is important to the plot because it to the message of the movie to treat each race equally and to not believe that one race is better than the other and to end the social hierarchy of races. This message is seen candidly when each character from each race was stating racial stereotypes facing the camera as though they are looking at the audience and at the end of the scene
In response to the infamous Kitty Genovese murder case, Latane` and Darley conducted an experiment to see how people react in emergency situations alone versus in a group. Surprisingly, they found their results to be the exact opposite than what they hypothesized: people are more likely to react to an emergency situation faster in a group than alone (Latane` and Darley., 1968, p. 216). This case was responsible for creating many social phenomenons such as the bystander effect, diffusion of responsibility, and pluralistic ignorance that can now help explain why people respond the way they do in certain situations. The findings in this experiment not only showed how being in a group can change one’s morals, but also cause one to hide their emotions.
Moreover, demonstrate consequences are taken to oppress racial and ethnic minorities to keep them in a subservient position. Overall, this film has provided me with a visual depiction of how stereotypes are a mental tool that enforces racial segregation and self-hate. The label of “White” became a necessity for Sarah Jane to achieve in society. To attain it she needed to move to a new city, change her name and deny her mother.
In “Identities” by W.D. Valgardson, the author shows through her work how ignorant society has become. Based on the setting, the man was misinterpreted by the police officer. People’s judgments of others lead to irrational circumstances. “When the officer,… who is nervous because of the neighborhood, who is suspicious because of the car and because he is trained to see an unshaven man in blue jeans as a potential thief…”; is made as an example of the everyday individual in society that would automatically judge a person on how they look (6). No matter how rich or poor, good looking or not, able or disable are all judged no matter what the situations are.
The film, Crash, emphasizes the differences of cultures and classes. It focuses on the reality that we are all individuals and that adaptation of the human condition is hopeless. That the need to compete and the desire to win are more important than the justification for human decency. The tension of social and racial tension throughout this film I believe widens the chasm of discussion. I believe this because this film can be interpreted differently by individuals.
Discrimination, according to the textbook, is the unequal treatment of various categories of people. (Macionis pg.86) In the movie, when the younger generation and some of the older generation start to turn to color from black and white, the townspeople get angry and can’t accept the change. As a result, they start to hang up signs in the stores saying
The story Susan B Anthony dares to vote and The Watsons Go to Birmingham share a common theme which is being different. Susan B Anthony, in the story Susan B Anthony dares to vote is different because she can’t vote. The Watsons Go to Birmingham Common theme is Being different because they can 't do the things that white people can do like sit on the bus in the front. Susan B Anthony had a less violent protest than The Watsons Go to Birmingham. People died in the Watsons go to Birmingham.
These three theories will be further discussed in detail in this movie analysis. Firstly, racism is portrayed strongly in the movie. Racism occurs due to stereotypes related to racial issues. Stereotyping is the process “involving the expression of an exaggerated belief about a group that serves to qualify or justify the conduct towards that group of those who hold and express that belief” (Long, Wall 107).
Tatum uses the conflict theory to look at racism, economic and social inequalities. The power structure of the white dominant society in the United States, does not often recognize white privilege, while others do not believe this is a privilege at all. They believe that the power structure in the United States is one that if you work hard, everyone will have the same opportunity for success. This is an example of how white privilege helps racism to continue to exist. The inability to recognize white privilege helps to creates perception and ideals that racism in our society is a thing of the past.
He is constantly being looked down at for issue of the 9/11 terror attack. Here we witness an immigrant and his family trying to start a new life in a new country but are being neglected from becoming a part of the society because of these stereotypes. When these characters collide with one another, it’s very unpredictable how they will react. We understand whether they choose to believe in the stereotypes that are based on that certain group or completely erase that from their memory and focus on their actions. Crash teaches us about whether we should be judging one another based on their actions or choose to conform in these racial
During World War II, there was an event known as the Holocaust, where six millions Jews were persecuted by the Nazi Germany under the leadership of Adolf Hitler. Previous research has shown that the reason for the persecution of the Jews were because of Hitler’s hatred toward the Jews. In the book, November 9: How World War One Led to the Holocaust by Joachim Riecker, Riecker stated that Hitler 's hatred toward the Jews comes from the belief that Jews were the reason for Germany defeat in World War I and Germany economic crisis. Riecker once told the Daily Telegraph that the core of Hitler 's hatred “ lies at the defeat of Germany in World War I, where Hitler blamed the Jews for the defeats of the country, collapse of the monarchy and the
The bystander effect, bystander effect is a social psychological that refers to cases where people do not offer help to someone who needs help in front of other people. Usually when a person sees someone in danger or someone that needs help, they try and avoid or stay away from the situation so they don’t get in the middle or get hurt. The more bystanders there are most likely the victim will be severely hurt or even killed (Wikipedia Contributors). One late night, Catherine Genovese 28-years old was coming home from her job from her late night shift.
Social psychology studies an individuals’ behaviors and how their behaviors change according to their current situation and the influence of their cultural submersion (cite; textbook). With the intention to understand social influence on individuality, experiments performed to highlight role-playing, conformity, and obedience have been conducted and shaped social psychology as it is known today (cite; textbook). Stanley Milgram, a Yale psychologist, performed an experiment to study humans’ obedience to authority by recruiting 40 ordinary individuals as “teachers”, where they administered electric shock to “Students” for answering questions inaccurately (cite; video). Phillip Zimbardo, a Stanford psychologist, assigned 21 college students at