The film’s main character, Malcolm, is described as a “geek”. How is Malcolm’s identity of “geek” constructed in relation to his peers? In other words, how do we (the audience) know Malcolm is a geek? You can use symbolic interaction theory as a theoretical framework to answer this question.

Dope: Guiding Questions
1. The film’s main character, Malcolm, is described as a “geek”. How is Malcolm’s identity of “geek” constructed in relation to his peers? In other words, how do we (the audience) know Malcolm is a geek? You can use symbolic interaction theory as a theoretical framework to answer this question.
2. Generally, the school administration and staff (teachers, security guards, etc.) appears to think highly of Malcolm, Jibb, and Diggy. Why might this be? How does the school administration interact with other students? If so, why might this be? (You can use labeling theory/stereotype threat to guide your answer).
3. What is the role of race in the film? In other words, how could you understand what is happening in the film through the lens of race/racism? Think of critical race theory and antiblackness here as your guiding analytical framework.
4. How can we use functionalism or conflict theory to better understand and explore what’s happening in the film? Think of the school as an institution nested in broader society.
5. Provide an example of rational choice theory as demonstrated by the film.
6. How does Malcolm’s performance of the self (in other words, his identity) evolve throughout the film? Labeling theory is applicable here.