Blog #1 House of Sand and Fog

When I was told we were going to watch “House of Sand and Fog” in class I had remembered hearing about it, but I did not know what it was about. The movie began with this big lavish wedding and I thought that the main character, Colonel Behrani, must be rich. Whispers came about as to what kind of work the man did. Once I saw how hard he worked and how many jobs he was working I was shocked. He seemed to have such a great status, but a low class. I had always thought the terms were similar, but in this movie I saw how different they were.

Class according to Weber is economically determined. In the movie Colonel Behrani, had low class because he worked at a construction site and a little convenience store. He was working two jobs in order to care for his family. Status on the other hand is shaped by culture. Its how the people above and below you treat you. It’s not about how you make your money like the class is, but its how people view you. In this case people saw Colonel Behrani, as this rich man who wore nice clothes, and had a nice house. He was also viewed as an authority figure because he was a Colonel inIran.  Colonel Behrani was working so many jobs so that he can maintain his high status. He did not want others to know that he really was not that rich. This is how Weber’s theory of class and status fit into the movie “House of Sand and Fog”.

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2 responses to “Blog #1 House of Sand and Fog

  1. I also thought that class and status were similar and I’m sure a lot of people get those two terms confused. I can see how they are similar because in some ways they overlap. Class refers more to the amount of money you make. Meanwhile, status refers more to how people see you and your social honor. Col. Behrani did not want to lose his high status and tried to keep appearances in order to maintain it even though now he was from a low class.

  2. Good, well-written critique. It’s also worth noting how both Marx and Weber would have recognized Behrani’s investment moves as effecting a change in his class position — from (proletariat) worker to (bourgeois) owner.

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