This book explores the heroes and villains of an entire generation of Americans — the Millennial generation, defined as people born between 1982 and 2000.
Authored by Millennial students at the University of Richmond, Heroes and Villains of the Millennial Generation is based on a survey of 215 Millennials across the United States who were asked to list their heroes, and their villains.
To our surprise, a large number of people were listed as both heroes and villains.
These complex individuals are the focus of this book. They are: Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, parents, teachers, Edward Snowden, Batman, Mother Teresa, Severus Snape, and Mark Zuckerberg.
The questions that interested us were:
- In what ways are these individuals heroes?
- In what ways are they also villains?
- Why did these individuals appear on lists of heroes and also on lists of villains?
- What psychological processes are involved in perceptions of good and evil?
Heroes and Villains of the Millennial Generation provides an analysis of Millennials’ views of heroism and villainy, drawing from current research on heroism science. The book is now on sale at Amazon.
“A compelling analysis of the heroic values of an entire generation.”
– Professor Robert A. Giacalone, Ray Smiley Chair in Business Ethics and Director of the Ginn Institute for Social Responsibility at John Carroll University.
Here is the Table of Contents:
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Heroes and Villains of the Millennial Generation
Edited by Scott T. Allison
Brian R. Riches, Claremont Graduate University
Chapter 1. Millennials, Heroism, and Villainy: A Confluence of Generational Moral Complexity
Scott T. Allison, University of Richmond
Chapter 2. Sacrificial Heroism: Media Martyrdom for Inspiration from Kanye West
Matt B. Vandini, University of Richmond
Chapter 3. The Queen of Redemption: Kim Kardashian From Sex Tape to Female Idol
Kana V. Rolett, University of Richmond
Chapter 4. Batman as Caped Crusader: Gotham’s Savior or Undoing?
Alyssa Lynn Ross, University of Richmond
Chapter 5. Turn to Page 364: Deconstructing the Complex Heroism of Severus Snape
Madison M. Lawrence, University of Richmond
Chapter 6. Unconditional Love and Evil Stepmothers: How Parents are Heroes and Villains
Rebecca M. Fischer, University of Richmond
Chapter 7. Do or do not, there is no try: Is your Teacher a Yoda or a Darth Sidious?
R. B. Forsyth, University of Richmond
Chapter 8. Hillary Clinton: A Controversial Lady of Firsts
Rebecca L. Nguyen, University of Richmond
Chapter 9. Donald Trump: Man of Charisma, Man of Insults
Sandy Yu, University of Richmond
Chapter 10. Mark Zuckerberg: Social Connector or Privacy Violator?
Zihao Liu, University of Richmond
Chapter 11. Mother Teresa’s Empire of Charity
Stephanie M. Ha , University of Richmond
Chapter 12. The Whistleblowing of Edward Snowden: Heroic Self-Sacrifice or Villainous Betrayal?
Arianna M. Guillard, University of Richmond