I need help creating a thesis and an outline on The Key Themes of the Film Outsourced by John Jeffcoat. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. Based on this theme and the plot of the film “Outsourced”, two key scenes of misunderstanding that borders directly on some concepts studied in the course about ways of understanding cultural differences are analyzed. The analysis relates the scenes to very specific concepts of cultural differences, whereby the impact of the scenes on the concepts are discussed. In some cases, the scenes throw more light on the concepts, while in other cases the scenes expose the weaknesses associated with the scenes. The two concepts that will be used in relation to the scenes are the concepts of promoting the discussion about the cultural stereotypes and the concept of exploring alternative cultural constructs.
A stereotype can generally be seen as a thought or idea that is developed about a person or a group of persons, and the way that things are done (Mee & Dowling, 2003). As culture is made up of a group of people sharing common ways of doing things, the stereotype is commonly translated into a cultural sense in what has become known as a cultural stereotype. In cultural stereotypes, there is a conception developed about a particular culture on how limited that culture is in terms of the production of specific cultural constructs. Mallinger & Rossy (2003) lamented that cultural stereotype is often characterized by the belief that the way a particular does its things are not the best when compared to some other forms of culture. This form of cultural stereotype was clearly manifested in the scene of “Outsourced” when after arriving in India Todd attempted teaching the people at the sales center on ways to adapt to the American accent. Clearly, Todd put a limitation on the Indian culture through the production of its accents when speaking English. This is because, in the scene and others leading up to it, the Indian workers continuously made it clear to Todd that they were native English speakers. Even though Todd could admit to the fact that the people spoke grammatically correct English, he could not appreciate the fact that they were unique with their accent.
In the scene that Todd was teaching the sales center workers to speak in an American accent, there is a clear exhibition of cultural stereotypes by undermining the impulse of the Indian English accent.