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Southern Justice is a very powerful film Throughout this course we have studied many theorists and I believe that some of their theories on society and social relations are applicable Karl Marxs dialectical materialism Emile Durkheims mechanical and organic societies and WEB Dubois race relations theory all can be related Social theories can be helpful though in the quest for justice for the simple reason that if something is understood answering the question why it can then be fixed Mraxs dialectical materialism is a theory that gives a rough outline of history giving general stages to which it may fit Growth change and development take place through a naturally occurring struggle of opposites a process that individuals cannot influence He uses this philosophy to explain that only matter exists so that the existence of the mind social institutions etc must be explained in material terms That change occurs when opposing forces thesis and antithesis lead to the production of higher forces synthesis according to dialectical laws This can specifically relate to the film and also life in the United states at the time The thesis or prevailing status quo is the black hatred groups in Mississippi The thesis oppositon to the status quo is those who spoke out against the injustices to blacks Medgar Evers And the antithesis new social order becomes new thesis was in 1994 when the Byron Beckwith was retried and found guilty of the murder of Medgar Evers Durkheims types of societies mechanical and organic are characteristic of two completely opposite forces Mechanical is based upon caring and unconditional liking it is considered mechanical because in the physical sense each part is touching the other people interact Organic is described as modern having rapid change and being less direct with each individual part its based on complexity in a highly differentiated society having multiple roles with multiple purposes Now to attribute this the the film I can
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