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Movies Change Lives

Pedagogy of Constructive Humanistic Transformation Through Cinema


Tony Kashani

Movies Change Lives is a rigorous interdisciplinary examination of cinema as a vehicle for personal and social transformation. Interdisciplinary scholar Tony Kashani builds a theory of humanistic transformation by discussing many movies while engaging the works of philosopher/psychologist Erich Fromm, cultural studies theorist Stuart Hall, critical pedagogy theorist Henry Giroux, political philosopher Hannah Arendt, the great French thinker Edgar Morin, the pioneering psychologist Carl Jung, the co-founder of string theory, physicist Michio Kaku, and Frankfurt School philosopher Jürgen Habermas, among others. The book argues that in the globalized world of the twenty-first century, humanity is in dire need of personal and social transformation. Movies have universal appeal and can deeply affect their audiences in a short time. Coupled with critical pedagogy, they can become tools of personal and social transformation. Movies Change Lives is an ideal text for graduate and upper-division undergraduate courses on film (cinema) and society, visual culture, consciousness studies, transformative studies, media and social change, advanced personal and social psychology, and political philosophy.
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Kashani, Tony. Movies change lives: pedagogy of constructive humanistic transformation through cinema / Tony Kashani. pages cm. — (Minding the media: critical issues for learning and teaching; vol. 14) Includes bibliographical references. 1. Motion pictures—Social aspects. 2. Motion pictures—Political aspects. 3. Motion pictures in education. I. Title. PN1995.9.S6K38 302.23’43—dc23 2015034744 ISBN 978-1-4331-2774-8 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-2773-1 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-1769-5 (e-book) ISSN 2151-2949

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