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 Millennials 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, Lance Armstrong, Mother Teresa, Severus Snape, Michael Jackson, 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?
“A compelling analysis of the heroic values of an entire generation.”
– Professor Robert A. Giacalone, Bill Daniels Chair of Ethics, University of Denver
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 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. The Heroism and Villainy of Michael Jackson
Abigail A. Sohkhlet, University of Richmond
Chapter 5. The Double Life of Lance Armstrong
Alex T. Hahn, University of Richmond
Chapter 6. Batman as Caped Crusader: Gotham’s Savior or Undoing?
Alyssa Lynn Ross, University of Richmond
Chapter 7. Turn to Page 364: Deconstructing the Complex Heroism of Severus Snape
Madison M. Lawrence, University of Richmond
Chapter 8. Unconditional Love and Evil Stepmothers: How Parents are Heroes and Villains
Rebecca M. Fischer, University of Richmond
Chapter 9. Teachers as Heroes or Villains
R. B. Forsyth, University of Richmond
Chapter 10. Hillary Clinton: A Controversial Lady of Firsts
Rebecca L. Nguyen, University of Richmond
Chapter 11. Donald Trump: Man of Charisma, Man of Insults
Sandy Yu, University of Richmond
Chapter 12. Mark Zuckerberg: Social Connector or Privacy Violator?
Zihao Liu, University of Richmond
Chapter 13. Mother Teresa’s Empire of Charity
Stephanie M. Ha , University of Richmond
Chapter 14. The Whistleblowing of Edward Snowden: Heroic Self-Sacrifice or Villainous Betrayal?
Arianna M. Guillard, University of Richmond