Applying Theory to American History X (1998) (Realistic Conflict Theory…
Applying Theory to American History X (1998)
Realistic Conflict Theory
conflict between groups is not based on irrational prejudice but based off of their need for limited resources
Robbers Cave Experiment -
two groups of 12 year old boys
Started with prejudice, lead to discrimination (burning flags)
Intergroup conflict - when two groups are competing for limited resources
Example 1: boys beating up another boy for telling the teacher they were cheating
Example 2: Basketball game, one boy starts to play dirty and elbows Derek in the face. Trying to get his team in the lead.Winner gets to have the town
Intergroup Contact Hypothesis
The Inter-group Hypothesis was proposed by Gordon Allport in 1954 and suggested that contact between groups in specific conditions can reduce prejudice and conflict. The positive effects of the contact occur by 4 key conditions;
support by social and institutional authorities.
four processes of change:
learn about outgroup
generating affective ties
Social Identity Theory
Prejudice and Discrimination
When the Danny Vinyard warns his brother about the two men robbing his car in the beginning of the movie, he refers to them as "two black men"
This suggests that Danny already has an already formed prejudice on African-American people, and it's also clear that his older brother has had an influence on him.
When a person perceives themselves as part of a group, that is an ingroup for them.
Other comparable groups that person does not identify with are called outgroups.
Social Identity Theory proposes that a person's sense of who they are depends on the groups to which they belong
Three processes that create this ingroup/outgroup mentality
immediately in the film American History X we see groups separated by race and immediate conflict between race groups. (Derrick shoots black men outside his house, black kids beat up white kid in school bathroom).