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Tony Crean <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 6 Dec 1999 07:58:47 GMT
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David Buckingham has done a lot of work on this topic, with particular
reference to children and the effects of screen violence. His publications
Moving Images: Understanding Children's Emotional Responses to Television
(Manchester University Press, 1996)
After the Death of Childhood: Growing Up in the Age of Electronic Media
(Polity Press, in press - publication early 2000.)
Children's Television in Britain: Defining the Child Viewer (British Film
Institute, 1999) with Hannah Davies, Ken Jones, Peter Kelly.
In Front of the Children: Screen Entertainment and Young Audiences (British
Film Institute, 1995) which he edited with Cary Bazalgette.
His webpage at the London University Institute of Education is at and you should have no difficulty
finding his email address.

Best wishes

At 21:53 03/12/99 +0100, you wrote:
>>I'm looking at theories on the emotional effects of screen violence for
>>film and TV spectators. I've found a great deal of debate in TV studies on
>>such "effects." Can anyone point me to a good overview, or specific
>>leading voices, in film studies on this issue? I'm especially interested
>>in any application or refutation of Aristotle's ancient theory of
>>catharsis, as a purging/purifying/clarifying of fear and sympathy (or
>>terror and pity) through the watching of violent action onstage.
>The best overviews available are:
>Gauntlett, David (1995) Moving Experiences: Understanding
>Television's Influences and Effects. London: John Libbey.
>Freedman, Jonathan (1984) Effect of television violence on
>aggressiveness. Psychological Bulletin. Nr 2:227-246.
>Freedman, Jonathan (1986) Television violence and aggression: A
>rejoinder. Psychological Bulletin. Nr 3:272-278.
>Freedman, Jonathan (1988) Television violence and aggression: What
>the evidence shows. I Oskamp, Stuart (ed) Television as a Social
>Issue. Applied Social Psychology 8: 144-162. Newbury Park: Sage.
>Cumberbatch, Guy & Howitt, Dennis (eds) (1989) A Measure of
>Uncertainty: The Effects of the Mass Media:. London: John Libbey.
>When it comes to catharsis theory, none of the studies conducted has
>supported the 'purging' effect of fictitious violence. Then again,
>neither has the studies on aggressive behavior as an effect of media
>violence (although lots of 'em claim to have found proof for such an
>Ulf Dalquist
>Ulf Dalquist Phone: +46-(0)8-39 21 68
>Petrejusv 18 Cell phone: +46-(0)739-88 17 05
>121 38 Johanneshov Sweden E-mail: [log in to unmask]
>Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite

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