12 Angry Men Group Roles

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5312 Wk 2 Group Dynamics and Group Stages The movie, 12 Angry Men, was about a group of twelve, white male jurors. The group worked together to decide a verdict from a murder trial. The group went through trials and tribulations before coming to an unanimous not guilty verdict. Conflict was shown throughout, but the bonds that were formed within the group were easily recognizable. In this paper, I will take you through each of Gladding’s group stages and relate the stages to the movie, 12 Angry Men (Fonda & Lumet, 1957). Group Stages “Understanding how to begin and nurture a group significantly improves the chances that the goals of the group and its members will be achieved and chaos will be avoided” (Gladding, 2012, p. 83). Gladding…show more content…
Norming promotes cohesion among its members. Within the group, rules are established to better understand how the group will be run (Gladding, 2012). The goal of the norming stage is to “feel connected with the group and will be able to concentrate on being productive, rather than protecting themselves” (Gladding, 2012, p. 122). Positive emotions are usually seen during this stage. Through collaboration, cooperation, and cohesion the jurors were able to form positive peer relationships. During identification, group members are able to identify similarities within their group (Gladding, 2012). I noticed in the movie that the jurors were able to see similarities among their group members as they were listening to each other (Fonda & Lumet, 1957). “Intergroup dialogue…provides opportunities to examine biases, highlight differences and similarities among cultural groups, and consider possibilities for social change” (Hays, Arredondo, Gladding, & Toporek, 2010, p. 184). The original not guilty voter instilled hope in the group members (Fonda & Lumet, 1957). He was able to convince the group members to “envision meaningful, but not yet realized, possibilities” (Gladding, 2012, p.

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