Black Panther introduced viewers to the stunning world of Wakanda, a fictional African country with incredible technological advancements, and to T'Challa, a young man stepping into his role as king and taking up the mantle of the Black Panther title from his late father.
The unforgettable story, coupled with the film's mega-success, has undoubtedly shaped the future of superhero cinema, in addition to genuinely changing viewers' lives. Why Wakanda Matters gives this iconic film the in-depth analysis it deserves under the lens of the latest psychological concepts-as well as delving into the lasting cultural impact of this unforgettable story.
Edited by Sheena C. Howard, an award-winning author, filmmaker, and scholar, Why Wakanda Matters: What Black Panther Reveals About Psychology, Identity, and Communication features a collection of essays from leading experts in a variety of fields who offer insightful perspectives on topics such as:
• Cognitive dissonance: The important messages within T'Challa's nuanced identity and eventual shift from nationalism to globalism.
• Intergenerational trauma and resistance: How N'Jadaka (aka Erik/Killmonger) identifies with the trauma that his ancestors have suffered.
• Social identity: How Nakia, Shuri, Okoye, and Ramonda—all empowered, intelligent, and assertive women of color—can make a lasting impression on women and girls.
• Collective identity: How Black Panther has created a shared fantasy for Black audience members—and why this is groundbreaking.
• Cultural and racial identity: What we can learn from Black Panther's portrayal of a culture virtually untouched by white supremacy.
Fans of the movie and those interested in deeper discussions about the film will revel in this thought-provoking examination of all aspects of Black Panther and the power of psychology.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Foreword Phillip Boutté Jr. xv
Introduction Sheena C. Howard xxiii
Part I Psychology Of Collective Identity And Connectedness
Chapter 1 Cross My Heart and Hope to Die in Wakanda: Expressions of Solidarity in Black Panther Felicia Stewart 3
Chapter 2 The Symbolic, the Real, and the Ladies of Wakanda Claudia Bucciferro 17
Chapter 3 Wakanda, Pan-Afrikanism, and the Afrikana Worldview: A Representation of the New Afrikana Nation Olisa Yaa Tolókun Aynda Mariama Kanyama-Jackson 35
Part II Psychology Of Racial Identity
Chapter 4 Killmonger and the Wretched of the Earth Dominique Thomas 59
Chapter 5 The Black Panther Is Black Mikhail Lyubansky Erynn Nicholson 71
Chapter 6 The Oreo, the King, and the Wakandan Salute: What Black Panther Shows Us About Why Representation Matters Mercedes Samudio 89
Chapter 7 Ritual in Black Panther: The Decolonization of African Narratives and Implications for the Reclamation of African Spiritual Identification and Practice Chateé Omísadé Richardson L. Nzingha Samuel 103
Part III Psychology Of Intergenerational Trauma And Resistance
Chapter 8 Erik Killmonger and the Psychology of Inner-City Trauma Chateé Omísadé Richardson 121
Chapter 9 Black Radical Thought as Pathology in Black Panther Charles Athanasopoulos 137
Chapter 10 Vibranium Healing Mishelle Rodriguez 149
Chapter 11 N'Jadaka and Intergenerational Trauma: A Case Study of Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome Olisa Yaa Tolókun 171
Part IV Psychology Of Cognition And Identification
Chapter 12 Representation, Identification, and Pride: Teaching with (and Through) Black Panther Evan Jones 191
Chapter 13 Identification and Decentering Whiteness in Black Panther Tehia Starker Glass Joseph W. Allen Gishawn A. Mance 207
Chapter 14 Cognitive Dissonance and T'Chaila's Evolution Sheena C. Howard 227
Afterword Sheena C. Howard 241
About the Editor 247
What People are Saying About This
“The essays, a well-balanced combination of contemporary thought and historical analysis, will leave readers eager for another viewing.”
“It is refreshing to see inclusion of Afrikana worldview, Fanonian theory, decolonization, and African spiritual identity in the analyses of the popular media phenomenon that is Black Panther. This work further exposes readers to tenets of Black psychology that are unrepresented in Western psychology.”
—Michele K. Lewis, psychology professor, member of the Association of Black Psychologists, and author of Our Biosocial Brains: Cultural Neuroscience of Bias, Power, and Injustice
“Why Wakanda Matters is a tour de force centered on identity, perception, and racial trauma. The essayists give readers a new way of looking at the classic film Black Panther, as well as capitalism, US history, and nationalism. Why Wakanda Matters isn't one of those books that you read once and toss to the side. It is an inspirational book that one should carefully read at least once a year. This opus will live for generations to come.”
—Darryl Robertson, former staff writer for VIBE magazine, whose work has also appeared in Ebony, XXL, Billboard, Salon, Black Perspectives, and Washington Post
“Why Wakanda Matters situates the meaningful, mythical, and the phantasmagorical aspects of Wakanda within the promise of a more just and representational reality. Taken together, the chapters tell us why #WakandaForever is more than a hashtag; it’s a movement for and among fans, activists, scholars, and dreamers.”
—Deborah Elizabeth Whaley, professor of American Studies and African American Studies at the University of Iowa and author of Black Women in Sequence: Reinking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime
"Sheena Howard continues to make extraordinary contributions to comic scholarship. Why Wakanda Matters is another exceptional volume in her impressive catalog."
—Joel Christian Gill, cartoonist and historian
“Each essay breathes life into the layered discourse around the utility of the Black radical imagination and the inherent and necessary joy regarding Blackness and speculation. Why Wakanda Matters is a great guide to the newest addition to Blackness in conversation with radicalized spatial narratives.”
—John Jennings, New York Times bestselling illustrator of the Eisner Award–winning graphic novel adaptation of Kindred by Octavia E. Butler