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In this essay I will explore the sociological explanations behind Trevor's behaviour in the film "Made in Britain." I will consider it from 2 perspectives that play a part in his behaviour, that of the individual and of society.

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Made in Britain Hannah Taylor 12BR In this essay I will explore the sociological explanations behind Trevor's behaviour in the film "Made in Britain." I will consider it from 2 perspectives that play a part in his behaviour, that of the individual and of society. One critic said: "Skinhead Trevor (Tim Roth) is pathologically antisocial, foul-mouthed, racist, violent, tattooed with swastikas and spiders, an unrepentant thief and vandal given to urinating on official files, he's also highly intelligent, articulate, and an unremitting nightmare for the hapless authority figures who have to deal with him in his journey through care homes, job centres, police stations and courtrooms, endlessly parroting the same old patronizing clich�s and not showing the slightest inkling of what makes him tick - and even less about how to fit him into the society that he utterly rejects. ("http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=4371) I shall now look into the reasons why. Trevor is a 16-year-old and like many teenagers could be labelled deviant because of many traits he has expressed such as not attending school, swearing and having tattoos and body piercings. Self-report studies tend to confirm that young people commit a lot more offences. Though usually fairly minor ones, this is sometimes referred to as delinquency in relation to undesirable behaviour that is sometimes not criminal but certainly of an anti social behaviour. ...read more.

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Again, there is the matter of Peer pressure and the different influences from males, again deriving from sub cultures as I have mentioned. Then there is the Police. They have a conception of both crime and criminals, which they use as a guideline in their work. The more that the idea of an association between young males and crime becomes established by the process of deviancy amplification the more the process of criminalisation begins to resemble a self-fulfilling prophecy because large numbers are arrested and convicted. Therefore, the more young men are closely policed, the more any involvement in. Trevor is from London, the suburbs. A place of very high crime where there are greater opportunities for crime as there are more shops, offices, factories, cars, homes and people. This is not the case for the character of Trevor but there are many modes of accessible transport that make it easier for criminals to remain relatively anonymous to their victims. Being white, young and living in the 1980's Trevor may have been easily influenced by the world around him especially with the rise of the NF during this particular decade. Roger Hewitt (1996) said that young white people in deprived working class areas sometimes inhabit an invisible culture. They do this because the feel that the culture they have grown up in isn't as exposed and celebrated due to the increase in ethnic minorities. ...read more.

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So it would be argued that Trevor's actions are a product of this. Neo Marxists- they argue that working class people who commit crime are doing this consciously so are choosing to rebel against the system and the inequalities it perpetrates. It its argued to be an attempt to alter capitalism for example, crimes such as theft are aimed at the "redistribution of wealth" and vandalism, an attack on the obsession of property put in place by capitalism. Functionalists- they argue that society encourages members to assent to the "goal of material success" through education and the mass media. The problem being though, that, society cannot provide the means for everyone to achieve legitimately because many cannot gain qualifications and access jobs in particular working class people. Although most people conform due to the consensus theory many do commit crime as a rebellion on society. In conclusion to this essay, there are many sociological reasons as to why Trevor behaves in the way he does and many factors contributing to this. During the film we do not learn a great deal about Trevor's background, so factors such as socialisation and peer groups that may have affected his behaviour cannot be looked at as in as much depth as factors such as community and gender, as these are less personal to him and are presented in the film. ...read more.

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