The movie that we have started to watch in class (which I have finished at home) “House of Sand and Fog” has many key concepts of Weber that we have spoken about in class. The two main characters focus was about their class though they are seemingly very different.
Kathy and Berhrani live a double life with different personalities in both. They both make it seem as if they have everything under control until it all does downhill and are so overwhelmed that they just keep digging a hole. Their whole reasoning is to keep their debt a secret. They don’t care who they step on to get where they need to go.
It seems that Behranis life is led by instrumental and traditional rational. He calculates all expenses meticulously and even reconstructs his house in the cheapest way possible to bring up the cost of the house and make a large profit and finally live the lifestyle that he has been pretending to live. Every time that Behrani and his wife get into an argument he ends up getting physical with her. His actions are controlled by traditional habits and this can be seen by him saying that “this is the way it’s always been done. He put his foot down and there is no room to negotiate.
Everything that Kathy did in the film was driven by affective social action. Every step that she took was driven solely on emotion. The film portrays her as having lack of moral regulations (Anomie). She did not mention to her parents that her life was in shambles. She kept that she was left by her husband less than a year ago and that she was evicted from her house. Her emotions led her to disregard the mail that could have prevented this whole headache in the first place! She also used the officer to her advantage in a way to get what she wanted.
Another concept that can be seen is that of affective action. Barhami has this urge to correct anyone and everyone who don’t refer to him as Colonel Berhani. This also pertains to Kathy; when people spoke about Berhani’s house she claimed it was her house. They both want and reminisce about their previous lives.