Why Wakanda Matters: What Black Panther Reveals About Psychology, Identity, And Communication

February 2, 2021|
Why Wakanda Matters: What Black Panther Reveals About Psychology, Identity, And Communication by Sheena C. Howard
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In 2018, the Marvel Cinematic Universe finally delivered on something fans had long been waiting for: a feature film with a solo Black superhero.

Black Pantherintroduced 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 Mattersgives 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 Communicationfeatures 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: HowBlack Pantherhas created a shared fantasy for Black audience members—and why this is groundbreaking.
  • Cultural and racial identity: What we can learn fromBlack 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 ofBlack Pantherand the power of psychology.

Sheena C. Howard, is associate professor of communication. She is an award-winning author, filmmaker, and scholar. In 2014, Sheena became the first Black woman to win an Eisner Award for her first book,Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation. She is also the author of several critically acclaimed books and comics books on a r...
Title:Why Wakanda Matters: What Black Panther Reveals About Psychology, Identity, And Communication
Product dimensions:288 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:288 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 in
Published:February 2, 2021
Publisher:BenBella Books, Inc.
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781950665419

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