Title

Super Violence Violence, Victimization, and "Doing Gender" in Superhero Comic Books

Advisor

Rader, Nicole E.

Committee Member

Kelly, Kimberly C.

Committee Member

Barranco, Raymond Edward

Date of Degree

1-1-2015

Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of Sociology

Abstract

Research on comic books has mainly focused on how issues of crime and justice are dealt with. This research seeks to extend the existing body of work to address the ways that gender is depicted in comic books. To do this, I apply the framework of “doing gender” to instances of violence in superhero comic books. I examine seventy-two comic books and ninety-eight instances of violence to understand gendered patterns in behaviors, responses, and visual depictions of violent instances and their aftermath. By collecting quantitative information on the instances of violence and qualitative information about how the instances are framed and visually presented, I find that, while men and women engage in similar behaviors, the ways in which these behaviors are presented are different.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/21244

Comments

media||femininity||masculinity||content analysis

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