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Sociology of "The Breakfast Club"

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The "Basket Case"
The "Princess"
The "Criminal"
Sociology of "The Breakfast Club"
The "Brain"
Nerd : Noun
A foolish or contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious: "One of those nerds who never asked a girl to dance".
An intelligent, single-minded expert in a particular technical disciplinary field.
This is the definition of a nerd, but it isn't a defintion, it is a stereotype. This does not define every nerd, yet a functionalist would say this is a nerd's purpose in our society, their function.
The "Athlete"
Jock : Noun
An athlete who contributes little or nothing to society.
An athlete who usually picks on the nerd or someone smaller than him.
Usually plays football or some other sport that will not help them in their life.
This is the definition of a jock, but this is not the definition of an athlete, it became the stereotype of an athlete.
Athlete : Noun
Real athletes strive as hard as they can to reach a certain goal they strive at. For example, football, baseball, basketball, wrestling, or tennis.
This is the definition of an athlete, but like the nerd, a functionalist would say an athlete's steroetype is their function in society, not their definition.
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Cliques
"Cliques serve to unite like-minded individuals who can support each other and pursue activities that the members will all enjoy. A latent function of cliques is that each member can likely use these ties later on in life, to network for career success. A latent dysfunction of cliques is that each one tends to shun all other cliques."
A clique is defined as a small group of people with shared interests, who spend time together and exclude others.
Functionalist Definiton of Cliques
In "The Breakfast Club" five high school students have to go to a Saturday detention for eight hours. Each student is from a different social group, or clique. You have the "brain," the "athlete," the "basket case," the "princess," and the "criminal." Although they aren't considered the same, they are the same, and it may not seem that way at first, but as time goes by in their detention, they all begin to realize they really aren't too different after all.
Sociology is the study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society.
What is Sociology?
What does sociology have to do with "The Breakfast Club" ?
Noun : Basket Case
A person or thing regarded as useless or unable to cope.
A basket case is kind of like an outcast, one doesn't really have any friends, but unlike an outcast, it is because one doesn't try to make any friends. A functionalist would say that one has no function in society because one doesn't try to do anything of importance.
Princess Syndrome : Noun
When a girl is deluded into thinking that she is a 'princess' and everyone else, such as her friends, family or peers, are of secondary or little importance.
They are not actually a princess, but they think they are one because everybody treats them like one. Like the basket case, a functionalist would say they have no function in society because they are they don't try to do anything of importance; everything is given to them.
Criminal : Noun
A person who has committed a crime.
What defines a criminal is as simple as that, but committing a crime does not exactly make one a criminal, it just defines one as a criminal. This is a problem because now people who may have committed a crime are treated differently because they are stereotyped as a criminal. Their sole purpose in society is to commit crime, and a functionalist would agree, that is their sole function in society.
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Dear Mr. Vernon,
We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a
whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did "was" wrong. But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us ... In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain ... an athlete ... a basket case ... a princess ... and a criminal ... Does that answer your question?
Sincerely yours,
The Breakfast Club
Don't you forget about me!
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