Leadership, Popular Culture and Social Change
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Leadership, Popular Culture and Social Change

Edited by Kristin M.S. Bezio and Kimberly Yost

The newest generation of leaders was raised on a steady diet of popular culture artifacts mediated through technology, such as film, television and online gaming. As technology expands access to cultural production, popular culture continues to play an important role as an egalitarian vehicle for promoting ideological dissent and social change. The chapters in this book examine works and creators of popular culture – from literature to film and music to digital culture – in order to address the ways in which popular culture shapes and is shaped by leaders around the globe as they strive to change their social systems for the better.
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Chapter 11: “War. War never changes”: using popular culture to teach traumatic events

Kimberly Klimek

Abstract

Educators face the difficult task of creating secure educational spaces in which to discuss traumatic events. This chapter seeks to outline how educators can use video games, comics and cosplay to teach about the horrors, politics and economics of historical warfare and misogyny, while staying true to educational principles and acknowledging the very real cost these events may have had on our students. Using these popular culture icons in conjunction with historical primary sources provide opportunities for students to safely visualize themselves in dangerous situations, to distance themselves from the trauma while sympathetically experiencing it. When students see themselves reflected in their studies, it expands their perceptions and opens their minds to plights of others.

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