The Film Gangs Of New York

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The film Gangs of New York, highlighted the facets of many different gangs; the most important being the Natives and the Dead Rabbits. Both gangs vied for power over the region called the Five Points during the Civil War time period. Within the film there were many different examples of social stratification like class privilege, status, and power. The examples of stratification were shown by both gangs and the individuals that the gangs were compromised of. The purpose of this paper is to analyze these examples of social class and privilege, status, parties, and power, as described by Max Weber, and how they exemplified in the film Gangs of New York. The examples of stratification in the film similar to that of Weber’s will show that the Gangs of New York represent the strife and problems that come with a person’s class, status, and party.
In “Class, Status, Party,” by Max Weber, Weber defines a class as any group of people that happen to be facing the same class situations, or problems (Weber). Both of the two main gangs in the film, the Natives, formally known as the Native Americans, and the Dead Rabbits, which is compromised of the Irish Immigrants, were mostly a part of the same social class. There are many different ways that classes in society can be stratified other than by just the basic three, upper class, middle class, and the poor (Rothman). The characters in the Gangs of New York mostly belong to the ‘working poor’ or unemployed caste, because they have
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