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Having a voice: Representation in fiction and why it matters
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 180 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Some research has been done on this subject, although sparsely. The purpose of this study is to determine how, why, and to what extent representation in fiction matters, in regard to socially stigmatized groups of people, focusing on mental health, sexuality, and gender roles. The main focus is on bonding with fictional characters, how it relates to representation and its importance. Eleven (cis)female participants shared their own experiences with this. Each written reply was condensed, eventually narrowed down to three main components considered central to this phenomenon; (1) a sense of isolation, (2) an inability to cope, and (3) relatability in characters. These components can all be connected to loneliness, which suggests that loneliness plays a large part in one's sense of self-worth. Thus, representation can be argued to be vital, due to its function of including and speaking for stigmatized groups of people, granting a sense of belonging and support.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 15 p.
Keyword [en]
representation, empathy, fictional characters, adolescence, social stigma
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-28310OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-28310DiVA: diva2:821321
Subject / course
Psychology
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Available from: 2015-12-16 Created: 2015-06-15 Last updated: 2015-12-16Bibliographically approved

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