November 11, 2011
The Sociological Perspective
The sociological perspective is the special point of view in sociology that sees general patterns of society in the lives of particular people. The sociological perspective can be applied to virtually anything, ranging from art to a zombie. In movies and television shows such as, Smallville, Gandhi, and The Gods Must Be Crazy, the sociological perspective is displayed. Smallville is a television show that is based in a small town in Kansas, called Smallville, which was greatly affected by a meteor shower years ago. The meteor rocks that fell during the meteor shower have the ability to transform an ordinary human being into an extraordinary superhuman. But not everyone thinks that this is a great thing. These innocent people affected by the meteor rocks are considered deviant by others in society, as in they are recognized as violators of the regular cultural norms. Since the other citizens of Smallville feel that the “meteor freaks” are endangering the lives of ordinary people, they are marginalized – not part of the dominant group - and given the powerfully negative label of stigma. This label greatly changes a meteor freak’s self-concept and social identity. It operates as a master status, overpowering any other dimensions of identity so that he/she is discredited in the minds of others and thus becomes socially isolated. Moreover, the doctors in Smallville medicalize the deviant behaviors of the meteor infected, transforming the moral and legal deviance into a medical condition. The meteor freaks that are labeled as incompetent are repeatedly subjected to treatment, often against their will. In one case, one of the main characters, Chloe Sullivan, was abducted by a big corporation, named LuthorCorp, who holds underground labs to research genetically modifying living organisms, including humans. Instead of being ethical and letting the victims chose whether they...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document