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The transformative potential of popular television: the case of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Jarvis, Christine and Burr, Vivien (2011) The transformative potential of popular television: the case of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Journal of Transformative Education, 9 (3). pp. 165-182. ISSN 1541-3446

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Abstract

This paper reports findings from an empirical study examining viewers’ responses to a popular and critically acclaimed television program, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Viewers’ frames of reference were challenged when they identified strongly with characters facing complex moral dilemmas, who behaved in ways that contravened viewers’ espoused values. This sometimes led viewers to develop more inclusive, less judgmental moral frameworks. Viewers also used the program to help them imagine how to cope in difficult circumstances and found that the metaphorical and fantasy elements of the program helped them recognize previously unacknowledged aspects of themselves.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: transformative learning, television viewers, education through fiction, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
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: Graham Stone
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2012 09:52
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2015 00:16
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/12660

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