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The Outsiders is a 1980s melodrama based on teenage behavior in the 1950s The film is about two groups of teenagers who attend the same high school and live in the same town but lead radically different lives One group known as The South-Side Socials more casually called socs is the more privileged group The second group The Greasers are the less privileged kids who just so happen to live on the wrong side of town These two groups have had rivalry against each other for many years but on one particular night this rivalry turns deadly as one of the greasers Johnny stabs and kills a soc Bob in defense of his friend Pony boy Curtis The rivalry becomes more severe on both sides after the murder the socs trying to avenge the death of their friend the greasers trying to get the town to understand that the socs are at fault also Coppolas film is a vivid depiction of how social groups can define our behavior and how deviance and crime are viewed in relation to our social group In the text Sociology in our Times Second Edition A social group is defined as a collection of two or more people who interact frequently with one another share a sense of belonging and have a feeling of interdependence It is obvious that both the socs and the greasers care deeply for each member of the respective group Towards the end of the film as Johnny is being hospitalized for severe burns and is near death Pony Boy tells him that he doesnt think that he could get along with out him These boys have formed such strong social bonds with one another that even the thought of losing one of their group causes a severe emotional reaction An In-group is best defined as a group to which a person belongs with and which the person feels a sense of identity Conversely
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