otherantagonist characters that threaten the well-being of the ‘boyz’. For example, in the beginning of the film ‘theboyz’ are walking the streets with a football when suddenly a group of olderAfrican American men begin to intimidate them, steal their football, and inserttheir dominance. This group displayedmany of the focal concerns such asdemonstrating a law violating behaviour (trouble), and physical durability ofbeing fearless (toughness) as described in Williams and McShane (2018).
However, the “boyz”quickly learn to adapt to such situations at a very young age and grow up toconform to these standards which eventually become normalized for them. In regards to the causes and influences of deviant behaviours in subculturesas discussed by Cloward and Ohlin (1960), there is the assumption that, “thesocial milieu affects the nature of the deviant response whatever themotivation and social position of the participants in the delinquentsubculture” (Cloward & Ohlin, 1960: 160). For example, when Furious deliversa speech in front of the billboard, a bystander mentions, “What am I supposedto do, let a fool roll up and shoot me? I’m going to kill the mother fuckerbefore he shoots me first” (Singleton, 1991). This demonstrates that because of the social milieu, this reaction is anautomatic and necessary response for many.
Societal Reactions to Lower ClassConflict There are many areas in the movie Boyz N the Hood where societal reactions and larger socialforces are imposed upon the lower class communities. In the movie, these reactions can be seen withinthe school setting, during the meeting with the University representative, whenFurious’ speaks in front of the billboard, and in Ricky and Tre’s encounter with the policeofficer. These societal reactions canlead to negative stigma, which evidently labelsthe black communities as deviant and born criminals.