Social Control In Mean Girls

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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 …show more content…
The second perspective I choose is a functionalist perspective. Functionalist perspective concludes that all people in society serve a purpose that helps society function. Basically, all individuals have certain social roles that when are put together, they form society. In Mean Girls, functionalist perspective would be found when viewing all the different groups in order to have a normal functioning high school. Janice introduces the different groups to Cady, “Asian nerds, cool Asians, varsity jocks, unfriendly black hotties, girls who eat their feelings, girls who don’t eat anything, sexual active bad geeks, and the plastics.” Socialization is seen when the cafeteria is split into different social groups because they each have common characteristics. Socialization is a continuing process whereby an individual acquires a personal identity and learns the norms, values, behavior, and social skills appropriate to his or her social position. This lunchroom scene shows us these separate groups that form the school. The most popular group would be the plastics, with the main leader Regina George. Majority of the students and even staff seem to follow along what the plastics do. For example, when Janice thinks she is humiliating Regina by cutting holes in her shirt but, in reality people see it as a trend and walk around school with two holes cut in their shirt as well. Gretchen and Karen also follow Regina and do almost everything she tells them to. For example Gretchen wanted to use the word “fetch” and she stopped saying it after Regina told her, “Stop trying to make fetch happen, it’s not going to happen.” In order for the plastics to be elite they must have groups like band geeks and art freaks to step on and boss around which makes them superior. The Plastics feel the need to control everyone and

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