Sociological Perspective of Good Will Hunting

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Social Location Determines Life The sociological perspective examines the hidden reasons for one’s actions and identities that people have. It stressed how they are influenced by their society and most of all their social location. Social location predetermines all aspects of one’s life and there are rules that come with social location, and with rules come social control mechanisms and social stratification that keep people in line. With social location also come institutions that provide roles which form one’s identity. In the movie, “Good Will Hunting,” the main character Will Hunting is a young deviant what grows up in a rough neighbourhood and has the intellect of a genius. Role theory and other concepts from the sociological…show more content…
The formal mechanisms are used by the political, legal and economic systems, most resulting in violence or against one’s will, and informal mechanisms which are used by family and friends, using instruments of gossip, ridicule, banishment or shunning. These mechanisms consist of an agent and an instrument. The agents are roles, positions, and institutions which serve as a model of how to do things properly. An instrument is what the agent uses in order to keep the person in line (therapy, violence, etc.) Social stratification also ties in with social location because depending on one’s social location one is thrown into, their class system is assigned, “…any society will consist of levels that relate to each other in terms of superordination and subordination, be it in power, privilege or prestige” (78). This is a system of ranking, and one’s position is usually determined though economic criteria. One’s level may change however; “…a class society is one in which there is typically a high degree of social mobility” (79). A persons class position will determine their life experiences based on their opportunities available, Max Weber explain that “ones class position yields certain probabilities or life chances…” (79). Role theory explains how one’s actions and identity is socially bestowed and sustained. A role is defined as “a typified response to a typified
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