According to the study, films can form erroneous ideas about class and poverty
Sociologists at Duke University examined American films for children and found that most of them does not adequately describe the class structure of society and the problem of poverty, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Scientists have studied the most cash children's products, namely those that were able to collect in over 100 million US dollars. Basically this is a recent animation from Disney and Pixar, but in a list of 36 titles included and some classical paintings. Movies in which class the question is not raised (like in "Bambi"), from the study were excluded.
It turned out that most of the heroes of cinema for children come from upper class, often from the ruling Royal families – they account for about one-third of all the characters. Another quarter of the total number belongs to the upper middle class, and only 4% of them live below the poverty line.
This situation is disproportionate to the real state of Affairs in American society, where about a quarter of children live in poverty,
Another problem that drew the attention of sociologists, is the way the image of the working class, which includes 16% of movie characters. Most often he appears satisfied with his position, and only in a few case were presented related financial problems.
"Young children are quite interesting ideas about classes," says Jesse Streb, the head of research. "For 12 years they absorb a lot of American ideas about the class is that poor people are lazy and rich people are smart and hardworking," adds Professor at Duke University.
Previously, scientists also found that pop demeans the elderly.