The Lord of the Rings and 'identification': A critical encounter

Barker, Martin J. (2005) The Lord of the Rings and 'identification': A critical encounter. European Journal of Communication, 20 (3). pp. 353-378.

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The concept of ‘identification’ remains a commonly called-upon resource for considering how media audiences might be influenced into taking up moral and cultural positions. Yet very little empirical evidence exists to support its claims; and recent critical conceptual work has significantly undermined many constituent parts of it. This article draws upon the very large data set gathered in the course of the Lord of the Rings international audience research project, to mount critical tests of the concept’s claims. The article then uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative evidence to explore the different bases on which audiences chose nine of the films’ characters as their favourites. An alternative approach to theorizing audience relations to characters is briefly outlined.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Film and Television Studies (former - to 2012)
Depositing User: Katherine Humphries
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2012 12:58
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2023 12:30
DOI: 10.1177/0267323105055262

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