The Hunger Games - Sociology

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Survival or death: the sociological analysis of the Hunger Games Marielisa Figuera Lone Star College – Montgomery Introduction The story behind the movie “The Hunger Games” can be related to real life. There are various sociological terms that can be found in this movie, like social control, deviance, functionalist theory, and class stratification, among others. According to IMDB, the plot of Hunger Games is: “In what was once North America, the Capitol of Panem maintains its hold on its 12 districts by forcing them each to select a boy and a girl, called Tributes, to compete in a nationally televised event called the Hunger Games. Every citizen must watch as the youths fight to the death until only one remains. District 12 Tribute Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has little to rely on, other than her hunting skills and sharp instincts, in an arena where she must weigh survival against love.” In the following paper, the movie “The Hunger Games” will be analyzed taking into consideration the sociological terms stated before, how these different terms can be seen or found in different scenes of the movie and the relation of this movie to real life. Social control is the study of the mechanisms, in the form of patterns of pressure, through which society maintains social order and cohesion. These mechanisms establish and enforce a standard of behavior for members of a society and include a variety of components, such as shame, coercion, force, restraint, and persuasion. Social control is exercised through individuals and institutions, ranging from the family, to peers, and to organizations such as the state, religious organizations, schools, and the workplace. Regardless of its source, the goal of social control is to maintain conformity to established norms and rules. Social control is typically employed by group members in response to anyone it

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