Social-Psychological Analysis of "Crash" Analytical Essay by Nicky

A social-psychological analysis of the film "Crash", directed by Paul Haggis.
# 146660 | 1,247 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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The paper looks at how the movie "Crash" portrays the false assumptions individuals have based upon racial constructs. The paper describes how "Crash" depicts characters mentally working overtime to make reality to cohere to their prejudices, whether these prejudices have any truth or not. The paper shows how many times in the film, because people expect violence to occur based on racial stereotypes, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. The paper also provides examples to illustrate how racial assumptions in the film create groupthink.

From the Paper:

"Again and again, different character's assumptions prevent them from seeing the actual person standing before them, and they use rationalizations to reduce their degree of cognitive dissonance. For example, although Iranians are not Arabs, to an American eye, the Iranian characters appear to be Arabs, and are treated as such. Many people can only make sense of the Middle East viewed in homogeneous terms, although it is one of the most complex regions of the world, racially and ethnically. When a white policeman mistakes a woman who is black for being white because she is light-skinned, he is shocked and still lashes out in anger, because he thought that she was involved in an interracial tryst."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Apfelbaum, Evan P. Samuel R. Sommers, & Michael I. Norton. (2008). Seeing race and seeming racist. Journal of Social Research. 95.4: 918-932.
  • Hoggard, Liz. (2005). "Color code." The Guardian. Retrieved March 20, 2009 at
  • Straker, Dave. (2009). Cognitive dissonance. Changing Minds. Retrieved March 20, 2009 at
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  • Ten things everyone should know about race. (2003). Race: The power of an illusion. PBS.

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