HOLLYWOOD GOES TO HIGH SCHOOL
Using Movies to Make Sense of Society
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS
SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONISM - MICROSOCIOLOGY
• Purpose: Understanding - Seeks to understand people’s interpretations.
• Reality: Dynamic - Reality changes with changes in people’s perceptions.
• Viewpoint: Insider - Reality is what people perceive it to be.
• Values: Value bound - Values will have an impact and should be understood and taken
into account when conducting and reporting research.
• Focus: Holistic - A total or complete picture is sought.
• Orientation: Discovery - Theories and hypotheses are evolved from data as collected.
• Data: Subjective - Data are perceptions of the people in the environment.
• Instrumentation: Human - The human person is the primary collection instrument.
• Conditions: Naturalistic - Investigations are conducted under natural conditions.
• Results: Valid - The focus is on design and procedures to gain "real," "rich," and "deep"
RESEARCH METHODS IN CONTEXT
AS A QUALITATIVE SOCIAL RESEARCHER
ROBERT BULMAN ARGUES..
• That films are complex cultural processes of production and consumption that
involve the artistic creators of film, the studios that market them and to the audience
that consumes them.
FILMS REFLECT THE OFTEN
CONTRADICTORY NOTIONS OF VALUES,
NORMS, BELIEFS AND FEARS.
THAT MOVIES MAY REFLECT VARYING CLASS INTERESTS
THAT ARE OFTEN IN CONFLICT WITH EACH OTHER.
THAT FILMS BOTH REFLECT AND
FILM GENRES REFLECT A
Urban high school films represent the fantasies that suburban middle-class
Americans have about life in urban high schools and the ease in which the
problems can be rectified by teacher – heroes.
FILM GENRES REFLECT QUESTS FOR
Suburban high school films care less about academic success and focus on
social identity, social status and popularity through counter culture or non
FILM GENRES REFLECT SOCIAL
CLASS AND ITS BURDENS
Elite private school films emphasize the burden of academic achievement as a means of
protecting their social class and that following the heart is often more important.
URBAN HIGH SCHOOL FILMS CENTRAL THEME
High School HighLean On Me Dangerous Minds
SUBURBAN SCHOOL FILMS CENTRAL THEME
Ferris Bueller's Day OffTeaching Mrs. TingleThe New Guy
PRIVATE SCHOOL FILMS CENTRAL THEME
“EXPRESSIVE AND UTILITARIAN
Making The Grade Rushmore School Ties