Jocks, Nerds, Stoner, Gothics – High school cliques seem like timeless categories that are reflected in John Hughes' films and countless teenagers. However, recent research indicates that the hierarchy of high schools is not as unchanged as you might think. In fact, it shows that while some constants are preserved (jocks are still up in the social pyramid and down with goths), high school cliques are evolving over time.
How does anyone study the social dynamics of high school? First you have to go to the source. For example, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Texas at Austin surveyed 61
The resulting study gives some well-known notes, but also shows how the perception of adolescents changes. The researchers identified 12 categories in the social hierarchy; Not surprisingly, there were "populars", "jocks", "floaters" and "good-ats" at the top. In the middle there were "fine arts" students as well as "brains", "normals" and "drugstore stoners". "Here, too, there are never any changes in some things, though the study finds that children of the fine arts have risen up the ladder compared to previous examinations. Contrarian "Emo / Goth" children are down, as well as "Anime / Manga" fans (perhaps a specific subset of "Internet Dork") and "Loners".
So familiar so far. In this hierarchy, the researchers have worked out some interesting details. The race influenced how people talked about their high school experiences. "White participants tended to use racially coded language when describing peers of peers," said Rachel Gordon, a professor of sociology at the University of Illinois in Chicago and the study's lead investigator, in a statement, " and this was particularly notable when compared to the experiences of black or Latin American students. "People with color often described their" race / ethnic "group as fluent and flexible, and included members who might also be groups such as" brain "or" brain ". Jock "belonged."