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Every Body in its Place: The reproduction of inequality by way of education in Metropolis and Snowpiercer 
Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
2020 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

With increasing inequality in the world, having knowledge about the apparatuses maintaining unequal social structures is important. Utopian and dystopian science fiction films are a good source for analysis of social structures, due to their inherent interest in social critique and the role of semiotics in the spreading of ideology. This essay examines how ideology is presented and represented in the science fiction films Metropolis and Snowpiercer. Within a Marxist theoretical framework, the essay analyses the presence and actions of ideological state apparatuses in the films, with a secondary focus on how the ideology on display is presented to the viewer. The analysis of the films shows that several different ideological state apparatuses, such as school and politics, are represented in the films. The apparatuses are also shown to use a variety of pedagogic actions for teaching the dominant ideology of the respective film’s ruling class to the citizens of the films, such as lecturing, singing and communicating through clothing and architecture. The analysis also shows that while two different political ideologies are represented in the films, corporatism in Metropolis and neoliberalism in Snowpiercer, both ideologies serve the same purpose of maintaining the capitalist order of the films’ societies: the division of labour. The essay argues that the findings of the analysis motivate a Marxist approach to teaching, in order to actively work against inequality and provide all students with a well-rounded education, no matter what social class they belong to.

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2020. , p. 29
Keywords [en]
Ideology, ideological state apparatuses, pedagogic action, pedagogic authority, science fiction, corporatism, neoliberalism
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Pedagogy Studies on Film Specific Literatures
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-41123OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-41123DiVA, id: diva2:1443338
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English
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2020-06-22 Created: 2020-06-18 Last updated: 2020-06-22Bibliographically approved

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