Watch a coming-of-age film (a fictional one, not a documentary). You can select one from the list of suggested films (below) or choose another film that is about a young adult during school

Watch a coming-of-age film (a fictional one, not a documentary). You can select one from the list of suggested films (below) or choose another film that is about a young adult during school or early adulthood. Pay attention to the socialization the characters experience, the structural rules they encounter, and the resources they use to navigate adolescence. Also, think about how they used their agency to change structural rules and influence society. Answer the following questions about the adolescents in the film:

  1. What movie did you choose and why?
  2. What are the main agents of socialization? Be sure to consider family, peers, school, media, and any other major agents!
  3. What are at least two rules that individuals are told to follow?
  4. What is at least one resource that individuals have to help them navigate adolescence?
  5. What is an example of a resource that individuals in the film are hoping to gain? Why?
  6. Identify two examples where the actions of individuals reinforce the social structure (or particular social structural rules).
  7. Identify two examples where the actions of individuals attempt to transform the social structure (or particular social structural rules).
  8. Tell me: did examining these things (above) make you think any differently about the movie or socialization?

Things to Note:

  1. I think it is easiest for us to read your responses if you just copy and paste the questions and then enter your answers underneath the questions; however, you can just number your answers if you’d prefer – whatever is easiest for you. Just be sure to address each question!
  2. You do not have to watch the full movie, only enough of it to fully answer each of the above-listed questions.

Suggested films include Mean Girls, Love and Basketball, Real Women Have Curves, The Princess Diaries, The Joy Luck Club, Bend It Like Beckham, Dope, She’s the Man, The Namesake, Clueless, Breakfast Club, Juno, The Wood, Napoleon Dynamite, Seventh Grade, Hairspray, Go For It, Ten Things I Hate About You, and High School Musical. You are also welcome to choose a different film as long as it is a coming of age movie.