An Analysis of Structural Strain Theory in the Film Dangerous Minds by John N. Smith


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An Analysis of Structural Strain Theory in the Film
Dangerous Minds by John N. Smith
This sociological study will analyze the important structural strain theorizations related to poverty and inner city education in the film Dangerous Minds. The structural foundations of poverty in the inner city classroom provide important aspects of strain theory in that young people are unresponsive to learning. Since the crime orientated lifestyle surrounding poverty often elicits the poor behavior that teacher Louanne Johnson (Michelle Pfieffer) receives, strain theory details why these violent youth care little for learning as a way to escape the streets. In essence, this sociological study will define why poverty acts as a structural foundation for...
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.....or the middle and upper classes, but it often provides less funding for poor schools in the inner city. By observing this film, the premise of Strain Theory provides much of the structural influence that makes these kids delinquent within the classroom, yet it also proves that if they are willing authority in that system—these very same students can turn around and become excellent academic achievers regardless of the poverty in which they live. 
Works Cited
Dangerous Minds. Dir. John N,. Smith. Perfs. Michelle Pfeiffer, Hal Griffith. USA; Warner, 1995. 
Jensen. Eric. Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids' Brains and What Schools Can Do about It. New York: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, 2009.