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ERIC Number: EJ1130968
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0960
Wise Guys: "The Man Who Knew Infinity" and Other Movies about Uppity Geniuses
Beck, Bernard
Multicultural Perspectives, v19 n1 p35-37 2017
Conventional expectations about subcultural groups can be undermined by unusual performances of some individual members. Several recent movies have concerned people of exceptional ability who unexpectedly excelled at prestigious centers of learning. "The Man Who Knew Infinity," "The Imitation Game," and "The Theory of Everything" deal with outstanding scientists and mathematicians at Cambridge University who encounter serious difficulties because of their irregular characteristics. The contradiction between their low status identities and their amazingly high intellectual achievements shows the destructive effects of subcultural stereotypes in the context of supposedly universalistic academic institutions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Cambridge); Ohio; New Jersey (Newark)
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