Avatar: From a Sociological Perspective
Avatar is a largely debated film about a thriving alien world called Pandora where the Na'vi dwell. Although humans view them as savages, they are a sophisticated people with a sophisticate culture. The film takes us on a journey filled with culture clashes and the transformation from ethnocentrism to cultural relativism.
How different are we? Is Avatar a racist movie? Does it show other cultural beliefs? What effect did Avatar have on the pop culture industry? While we watch the film Avatar we will respond and evaluate the film according to sociologists’ perspective as well as its portrayal in the news media.
Discuss 9/11 and Native Americans experience in relation to the Avatar film.
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