Pulp Fiction - a Sociological Debate

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Sociology 2XX

Critically anlayse a popular culture ‘text’ utlising relevant theories and debates

In sociological theory there are many concepts discussed that are utilized in the analyses of society and culture. Some of the main concepts are Postmodernism, Historical Materialism, Structuralism, Interpretive Sociology and Poststructuralism to name a few. These theories are relevant to the research of understanding certain or specific cultural texts. These concepts provide problems and solutions associated with some of the research approaches fore-mentioned. Analysing the main dimensions will be covered by discussing the appropriate concepts separately and by individually contrasting the classical and modern theories with Quentin
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Dialectical materialism is the view that that the world exists independently of our perception of it and that as it is sole reality it has primacy over the ideal, the imagined, and the spiritual.
In the film Pulp Fiction, by Quentin Tarantino the theme of capitalism was truly apparent, from the discussion of the Big Mac in France by Jules and Vince to the success of the gang boss Marsellus. It is relatively evident that it played a big part in making the film especially where other more obvious displays of greed and capitalism are in the final scenes when the couple, Honey Bunny and Pumpkin, holds up the restaurant. The man explains to his wife that nobody ever thinks to rob a coffee shop and he makes the point that it is the perfect crime of opportunity. All of the primary and characters and protagonists display materialistic personas, attempting to recreate their own past and future by means of consumption and a form of class struggle against the gang leader, portraying a land owner or bourgeoisie, by the ‘workers’.

Postmodernism is a term which is highly contested in the sociological world, where it is used to indicate a significant detachment from modernism. It is easier to give the uses of the term; ‘to give a name to the present historical period, to name a specific style in arts and architecture and to name a point of rupture or disjuncture in epistemology’ (Buchanan, 2010). For this,

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