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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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