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Sex in the City & the Interaction Approach

Updated on May 22, 2014

Sex and the City is an American television romantic show. It is created by Darren Star and produced by HBO. Broadcast from 1998 until 2004, the original run of the show had a total of 94 episodes. The show is well-respected. It received contributions from various producers, writers and directors. The four main characters of the show are Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, Charlotte York, and Miranda Hobbes. It works together with the interaction approach because of the way that the main characters interact in the show. The characters process such as interpersonal word-of-mouth communication and social interactions. One’s peers sometimes influence her friends. The show is created, diffused, and consumed as an outcome of social interactions experienced among his characters and many of its customers.

Social interaction is how people talk and act with each other and various structures in society. In the show, Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, Charlotte York, and Miranda Hobbes socially interact face to face most of the time. They talk to each other about many subjects, subjects about relation, for example. There also times that they interact or communicate through social network, which is, a website or other application that enables users to communicate with each other by posting information, comments, messages, and images. For example, in the show, they show that the girls send a lot of emails to each other. There are times that they use word-of-mouth communication, which sociologists define as the passing of information from person to person by oral communication, to interact with each other. Mostly, they communicate orally in the show. They also use body language many times. Sometimes, when they communicate with each other, someone’s opinion matters the most depending on the type of the subject that they talk about. For example, Samantha is an opinion leader when it comes to sex. That is, her ideas serve as a model to the other girls, or her opinion is important the most. The girls are more likely to listen to her. She is confident, strong, and outspoken and calls herself a "try-sexual." Charlotte York is the most optimistic of the group and the one who places the most emphasis on emotional love as opposed to lust. There are also times that they send emails to the guys that they date. The girls are together in almost everything that they do. They form a social solidarity. That is, the idea of socially collaborate and form a single one. One of the best types of social solidarity among those girls is when they were invited to a party of married people. They were the single one. That brought them together. There are also times that they are not together. They provide space for each other in order for each other to develop social self, which is how individuals built their self-image from the judgments of others, or at least from what they imagine such evaluation to be. For example, in the show, when Samantha dated the younger guy, she was dressing like a younger girl. It is conceivable that to her, she may think that the younger guy would like someone who dresses like a young girl, not like a baby mummy or grandmother. What Samantha did can also be an example of presentations of self, which is how that we present ourselves differently depending on the circumstances. Samantha is the oldest among the four girls. Charlotte is a member of the upper class. She always dresses up nicely, and she lives in a nice house. The rest of the girls are upper middle class. Among them, that creates a type of social inequality, which is the existence of unequal opportunities for different social statuses, the relative social, professional, or other standing of someone or something, within a group. Because charlotte has the upper class status, she is judgmental or snobby. Of the four women, she is the first to purchase an apartment. Miranda Hobbes is a career-minded lawyer with cynical views on relationships and men. Carrie is entangled with Mr. Big (Chris Noth) on-and-off-again relationship. He has the stereotype of a busy and powerful business executive. He is the reason for many of Carrie's breakdowns as he never seems ready to fully commit to her. He is once-divorced by the time the series opens. He is an aficionado of jazz and cigars. He can’t be bothered with a personal life due to his stereotype, which sociologists describe as characteristics ascribed to groups of people involving gender, race, national origin and other factors. Big doesn’t even have time for his girl, Carrie. In the series finale, it is revealed that Carrie ends up with Mr. Big.

Sex and the city is well-respected. It works together with the interaction approach because of the way that its characters interact. The girls collaborate with each other. They listen to each other. Even if Charlotte is a member of the upper class, sometimes she listens to her friends depending on the subject that they talk about. And that makes a lot of differences in the show. Carrie ends up with Mr. Big, the busy business executive, at the end of the show.


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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Never expected to read a review of Sex and the City that treated the show with such objectivism. I would presume interaction to be girlfriends, but then, how others articulate and the words they choose is always interesting and to do it this way in reviewing a show like Sex in the City is totally new to me. Very interesting, Mr. Polynice Roldens.

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      Vivian Sudhir 3 years ago from Madurai, India

      Even I like Sex and the City. I liked the movie better.

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      Gilbert Arevalo 3 years ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      Nice review of Sex and the City. I saw some episodes of the show and the movie. It was very successful. The four girls have wonderful contrasting qualities as you point out.

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      Dana Tate 3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      This is a very interesting topic. I never watched the show, but it's funny once the movie came out with Carrie finally getting Mr. Big, I went back and watched all the previous episodes. I also enjoyed watching the bond of sisterhood that seemed present in these women. Seeing that type of strength and loyalty among women seems rare in today's society...thank you for sharing.