Social Life in the Movies: How Hollywood Imagines War, Schools, Romance, Aging, and Social Inequality (Paperback)

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Through an analysis of hundreds of Hollywood movies, this book examines some of the most contentious social issues of our time, including racism, social inequality, sexism, and gerontophobia. With studies of some of the most enduring film genres in Hollywood's history, including romantic films such as Casablanca, war movies from World War II through the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, alienation films, including Five Easy Pieces and Lost in Translation, the school movie, from Goodbye, Mr. Chips to other films set in academia, including Dead Poets Society and Dangerous Minds, the book outlines and demonstrates the sociological approach to viewing films and highlights the socially conservative nature of much Hollywood movie production, which draws on common stereotypes and reinforces dominant cultural values - but is also capable of challenging and serving to change them.

About the Author


James J. Dowd is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology at the University of Georgia, USA. He is the author of Stratification Among the Aged and the co-author of The Primary Group: Its Rediscovery in Contemporary Sociology.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780367277161
ISBN-10: 0367277166
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: October 28th, 2020
Pages: 188
Language: English