Black Panther Psychology: Hidden Kingdoms

Black Panther Psychology: Hidden Kingdoms


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A fascinating analysis of the psychology behind Black Panther.
T'Challa the Black Panther won over audiences with one of the most popular comic book movies of all time. The film’s success shines a spotlight on hopes and values across cultures and throughout the world because, in spite of the fantastic details and royal intrigue, the hero’s story is deeply human. In Black Panther Psychology: Hidden Kingdoms, Dr. Travis Langley brings together a variety of experts to examine the character both in motion pictures and throughout his rich comic book history. Among the topics they explore:
  • Cultural differences
  • Balancing individual and collective identity
  • Isolationism and its consequences
  • Family bonds and intergenerational trauma
  • Gender issues, including masculine rivalry and women in combat
  • Why this kind of hero is important to us all

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781454934004
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Series: Popular Culture Psychology Series , #11
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 560,711
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Travis Langley, PhD, is a psychology professor at Henderson State University, the author of Batman and Psychology (Wiley), and the volume editor of The Walking Dead Psychology, Star Wars Psychology, Game of Thrones Psychology, and the rest of the works contained in the Popular Culture Psychology series published by Sterling. He speaks regularly on media and heroism at universities, conferences, and popular-culture conventions such as San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic Con, and others throughout the world. Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics and other films have featured him as an expert interviewee, and the documentary Legends of the Knight spotlighted how he uses fiction to teach real psychology. Psychology Today carries his blog “Beyond Heroes and Villains,” and he is one of the 10 most popular psychologists on Twitter with over 100,000 followers: @superherologist.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments: Our Crew Travis Langley Alex Simmons xi

Foreword: Living Inside the Head of the King of the Wakandans Don McGregor xvii

Introduction: What You Wish For Alex Simmons 1

I A Panther is Born 8

1 The First Panther: Interview with Actor Keith David Alex Simmons Travis Langley 11

2 Growing Up in Wakanda: Understanding the Psychological Features of Social Life Justin F. Martin 21

3 Stages of Minority Identity Development: A Juxtaposition of T'Challa and Erik Killmonger Vanessa Hicks 36

4 Death, Descent, and Deliverance: Therapeutic Visits to the Ancestral Plane Travis Langley 52

II A Sense of Self 68

5 The Raising of a King: Father-Son Attachment between T'Challa and T'Chaka Apryl A. Alexander Tracy Vozar 71

6 Who Is the Black Panther? The Self as Embodied Others J. Scott Jordan Daniel Jun Kim 81

7 Wakanda and the World: Looking at the Benefits to the Individual and the Group Travis Adams 97

8 Exploring the Hidden Kingdoms of Assumption: Interview with Writer Christopher Priest on Black Panther, Culture, and the Art of Changing Minds J. Scott Jordan 109

III Deadliest of the Species 118

9 Black Girl Magic: Black Women as Leaders of Wakanda Apryl A. Alexander 121

10 Women in Combat: The Dora Milaje and the Impact of Military Life Travis Adams Jenna Busch 132

11 Shun: A Hero Ascends Craig Pohlman 144

IV Tempered by Troubles 154

12 Words Can Hurt You: Discrimination through Non-Physical Aggression Brea Banks Leandra Parris Eric D. Wesselmann 157

13 A Panther's Path: The Power of Biopsychosocial Influences Asher Johnson Billy San Juan 172

14 Divided by Our Fathers: Transgenerational Trauma in Black Panther Larisa A. Garski Justine Mastin 181

15 Mourning the King: Vulnerability, Resilience, Loss Brittani Oliver Billy San Juan 191

V A Source of Inspiration 200

16 The Positive Panther, A Healthy Hero Travis Langley 203

17 Wakandan Surrogates: Healing Trauma through Parasocial Relationships Janina Scarlet Jenna Busch 214

18 Why Black Panther Matters to Us All Dave Verhaagen 224

19 Illustration, Inspiration & the Importance of Identification: Interview with Artists Arvell Jones Ken Lashley Travis Langley 240

Final Word: Forever Travis Langley 249

About the Editor Travis Langley) 251

About the Co-Editor Alex Simmons 252

About the Special Contributor Don McGregor 253

About the Contributors 254

References 263

Index 297

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