Paul Haggis' 'Crash': Movie Analysis

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Paul Haggis's film Crash (2004) explores the social and racial tensions that are prevalent in contemporary Los Angeles. Crash is comprised of a series of vignettes in which people lead parallel lives that briefly intersect throughout the film and converge through various car crashes in Los Angeles. Crash features an all-star cast, which includes Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Matt Dillon, Ryan Philippe, Than die Newton, Terence Howard, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, and Larenz Tate. Through various vignettes and scenarios, Crash explores sociological issues of race and ethnicity, gender, and stereotyping. Crash (2004) successfully explores several sociological issues through its multiple narratives. Specifically, sociological issues of inequality based on social stratifications and status, race and ethnicity, and gender are explored through these narratives. Social status or stratifications contends people are divided based on their socio-economic backgrounds (Basic Concepts from Sociology and Anthropology, n.d., p. 4). Each social class "has its own status in the society" and as such is viewed differently across striations (Characteristics of Social Class, 2011). Sociologically, race and ethnicity, are used to define how "a human group"¦defines itself and/or is defined by other groups as different" and how "cultural practices and outlooks of a given community of people that set them apart from others" (Basic Concepts from Sociology and Anthropology, n.d., p. 4). The
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