speaking of social psych and hollywood…

(I realize that I haven’t blogged in weeks and now it’s two times in an hour, but bear with me)

Back in my Intro to Soc days I used to have students do this project on stigma.* Within minutes of my last post, a friend shared a link to this little Hollywood adaptation of that assignment (although I had students work in teams of two, not two hundred).

* For those of you without JSTOR access, it’s the exercise from “The Sociology of Doing Nothing: A Model ‘Adopt a Stigma in a Public Place’ Exercise” (Halnon 2001, Teaching Sociology).

5 thoughts on “speaking of social psych and hollywood…”

  1. its a perfect ethnomethodological “breaching experiment”…the best part is listening to the accounts given by the passers-by as they try to make sense of what is going on.


  2. Yes, nonevent, that’s what I used it for in my class… to show that you don’t need to do anything at all to screw with social order or norms, just do nothing.


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