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'Friends are the family we choose for ourselves': Young people and families in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Jarvis, Christine and Burr, Vivien (2005) 'Friends are the family we choose for ourselves': Young people and families in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Young, 13 (3). pp. 269-283. ISSN 1103-3088

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Abstract

The young people at the centre of Buffy the Vampire Slayer present themselves as an alternative family that contrasts with the programme’s conventional families. This device helps to raise awareness about changing family structures in contemporary Western society, particularly with respect to the family’s capacity to facilitate the development of young people. The series implies that the stability associated with the nuclear family is often illusory and/or achieved at the price of young people’s freedom and agency. The alternative structure, by contrast, answers the call for the ‘democratisation’ of the family (Giddens, 1999) and is coded positively in spite of many weaknesses.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: UoA 45 (Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Teaching, Public Pedagogies and Professionalism Research Group
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Social Cohesion Research Group
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Technology Enhanced Learning Research Group
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2008 10:06
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 11:25
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/1065

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