X-men, in a sociological practice

Essay by wali1428University, Bachelor'sB, May 2013

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Explain sociologically how social inequality (e.g. in terms of class, ethnicity or gender) is constructed and challenged in the X-men film narratives? In what ways is the piece of popular culture reflective of current Australian society?

It is widely believed that Australia is a classless and equal society (Bessant 2002). However according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), this notion of Australia being a classless and equal society overshadows the results discovered by the government (ABS 2000). However, what is social inequality? Social inequality is the unequal access to power, prestige, income and/or wealth which some individuals, families and larger social groups do not have access to, as defined by (Bessant 2002). Producer, Lauren Shuler Donner of the film, X-men first class, effectively demonstrates the social inequality throughout the film through the use of a subculture-- the mutants, the use of class, anti-Semitism, the use of gender and lastly through the use of ethnicity.

This essay will discuss and present, sociologically how social inequality is constructed and challenged in the X-Men film narratives and also how it is reflective of current Australian society. This will be backed up through the use of Max Webers and Karl Marx's theology. By using these two well renowned sociological theories we will be discussing how these theories influence social inequality within the movie X-Men First class and in Australia as a whole.

Social inequality is prevalent throughout the film X-men first class. This is clearly evident through the subculture present within the film; the subculture being the mutants. A Subculture are "the values and related behaviours of a group that distinguish its members from the larger culture; basically a world within a world" (Henslin, Possamai, & Possamai-Inesedy, 2011 pp. 48.) The mutants in the X-Men film are considered to be alien-like creatures...