Insights from Film into Violence and Oppression: Shattered Dreams of the Good Life

Insights from Film into Violence and Oppression: Shattered Dreams of the Good Life

by John P. Lovell (Editor)


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This book brings specialists in religious studies, African-American studies, history, and political science, together with a media librarian to examine violence as it is presented in films and how instructors can use films to teach about violence. The object of inquiry is the vulnerability of socially oppressed people to physical violence and to institutionalized patterns of discrimination, herein termed structural violence. The susceptibility of women to violence provides an example that is discussed in detail, revealing both merits and weaknesses in film treatment of gender. The full effect of violence is considered, from the abuse of the individual to the wartime mobilization of entire societies. Chapters also look at the benefits and problems of using films in the classroom and provide resources helpful to instructors, such as sample discussion and study guides, a bibliography, and a filmography.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275959722
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/26/1998
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile: 1410L (what's this?)

About the Author

JOHN P. LOVELL is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, and was the first (1989-1994) Director of the multidisciplinary Indiana Center on Global Change and World Peace.

Table of Contents



Structural Violence, Peace, and the Good Life by William J. Meyer

She Doth Protest Too Much, or Does She?: An Essay on Gender, Violence, and Domination by Jean C. Robinson

Exploring Sexual and Political Domination Through Film by Barbara Allen

Shattered But Not Broken: Images of Structural Violence and War by Black Women Film Makers by Gloria J. Gibson

Bugles, Bandoliers, and Body Bags: The Soldier's Saga Through Film by John P. Lovell


Making the Classroom a Safe Environment by Barbara Allen

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Screen?: Cognitive and Emotional Considerations in Using Films to Teach About the Manhattan Project and Hiroshima by David Pace


Sample Study and Discussion Guides by Various Contributors

A Bibliographic Essay on Using Film to Teach About Peace Studies and Structural Violence by Kristine R. Brancolini

Filmography and Index of Films by Kristine R. Brancolini


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