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What do the Hollywood 'school movies' of the 1980's and 1990's converse approximately schooling and race? This ebook appears to be like on the Graduate , Blackboard Jungle , The English sufferer , useless Poets Society , Pulp Fiction , Ghost , The Wizard of oz. , best Gun and Forrest Gump to respond to the query.

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Surveillance is the name of the game, Mr. Norris,” the principal tells him. The film then underscores the connection it has been striving to make 34 Hollywood Films about Schools between the criminal and the urban in the principal’s next statement: “You’re not in Nebraska anymore, Mr. ”6 Not long after his arrival at the school, Norris encounters some disciplinary problems in his music class from a few students who have been established early on as the school toughs. After ousting them from his classroom, Norris later finds the leader of the pack—a white youth named Peter Stegman—and his henchmen in a bathroom just after the completion of a drug deal.

Last, Duncan assisted in the assault of the Latina teacher because he was interested in recruiting the white perpetrator to work against the white gang and eliminate them. These examples indicate the extent of Duncan’s influence. At the end of the film, Latimer is faced with the potentiality of having to fight for his life against both Duncan’s black gang and the solo white gang member (who has been released 44 Hollywood Films about Schools from jail earlier that day). But with the assistance of his black sidekick and a loyal student, the principal is able to handle the danger with which he is confronted.

In spite of the seriousness and enormity of the crimes committed by Stegman and his gang, the movie avoids making their racial similarity an explanatory factor for their behavior. The white students in the gang are displaced from the mainstream and depicted as troubled individuals, not racialized subjects. ” Their behavior is contextualized within a network of deleterious urban influences, mental instabilities, and ineffective authority figures. Moreover, a hint of black criminality is thrown in for good measure.

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