Gender, Social, And Social Control Essay

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2. Mean Girls ties into sociology though the areas of socialization, social interaction, social structure and groups. The first concept I grasped from this film was social control. Social control is a concept that refers to the ways in which people’s thoughts, feelings, appearance, and behavior are regulated in social systems. The type of social control I choose was formal social control. Formal social control is carried out by authorized agents, which in this case is The Plastics. Like Karen stated, “The rules are that you can’t wear pink two days in a row, and you can only wear pink on Wednesdays.” The Plastics attempt to control the society, the school, by telling people what is cool and not cool, fashionable and unappealing. They set norms on how you should behave. A norm is something that is usual, typical, or standard. Unfortunately, if you disobey any of these rules you receive a sanction. A sanction is a penalty or reward for conduct concerning a social norm. In the movie, the penalty given for disobeying the rules is that you can’t sit with them. In one scene, Regina breaks the rules because she is wearing sweatpants and is dismissed from the table. Gretchen yells, “You can’t sit with us!”
3. Another important concept is a stigma. Stigma is a powerfully negative label that greatly changes a person’s self-concept and social identity. Cady comes to this new school with no social experience and fortunately finds Janice and Damien. Then she surprisingly grows into a…

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