The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers a Sociological Study The Trenchcoat Mafia’s Project on Cartoons And Social Theory

The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers television show was one of the most popular children’s television shows during the 90’s. From a sociological perspective, the show’s settting, its characters, and their interactions are the epitome of the society that Goffman refers to in his book The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life.  The Power Rangers themselves embody what Goffman refers to as a “team” in which the members are defined as “being in the know” and together work to  put on a front or performance for their audiences. For example, the rangers (along wth Zordon and Alpha 5) are the only individuals in the town of Angel Grove who know the identity of the Power Rangers. When crisis situations arrive and the town is in danger, the team members must put on the performance that they are ignorant to the identity and wherabouts of the Power Rangers. When the members of the team are outside the earshot or visibility of an audience, or in the “backstage” region, they use the time to either contact Zordon for orders, discuss Power Ranger matters (staging issues), or morph into the Power Rangers (showtime!).

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