The Outsiders, a book by S.E. Hinton, is a story about the trials and tribulations experienced by the Greasers and the Socs. Ponyboy belongs to a lower-class status group of kids who call themselves ?Greasers? because of their long, greasy hair. Many of them have had hard lives already, and they are tough and angry. They often fight with the ?Socs,? short for Socials, a status group of wealthy boys who beat them up just for fun. This deals with the sociological concept of classes. A class is a term used by Max Weber to refer to a group of people who have a similar level of wealth and income. The Socs are all in the same class because they are all very wealthy. The Greasers may feel a sense of social inequality to the Socs. Social inequality is a condition in which members of society have different amounts of wealth, prestige or power.
Ponyboy is shy, quiet and gets good grades. His oldest brother Darry takes care of the family, since their parents died in a car crash. This deals with the sociological concept of role taking.
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