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Harry Potter and the Millennials: Research Methods and the Politics of the Muggle Generation

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Without a doubt, the Harry Potter series has had a powerful effect on the Millennial Generation. Millions of children grew up immersed in the world of the boy wizardreading the books, dressing up in costume to attend midnight book release parties, watching the movies, even creating and competing in Quidditch tournaments. Beyond what we know of the popularity of the series, ...more
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Published October 1st 2013 by Not Avail (first published May 29th 2013)
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Dani
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
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While certainly interesting and useful, it made the argument I expected it to make and that I probably could have made from a simple survey of my Harry Potter friends on Facebook, or attendance at my favorite con. The continual suggestion that many people are skeptical of the fact that literature/media shapes our politics, even those reading the book in question, seemed a little self-servingstated in order to produce some sense of innovation about the book's argument which wasn't all that ...more
Valerie
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This little book is essentially the longer version of an research paper that might have been published in a scholarly journal. While the book was somewhat interesting to read through, it doesn't state anything unexpected. In general, it shows that Harry Potter fans are more liberal and more accepting of others than non-fans.

Granted, they conducted their research from 2009-11, only few years after the last Harry Potter book came out and while the movies were still being released. This book may
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kaylasbookishlife
My rating for this book is based on the fact that this book was released in 2013 so obviously if I had read it back then I would have thought it was really profound and a cool research project. While I still think those things Im not as shocked or surprised by the results as I would have been if I had read this a few years ago. .
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This book studies students political and social leanings and determines that those who read Harry Potter books as children tended to be more liberal or left leaning in
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Samantha
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This book provides an interest look into how pop culture and social science can intersect. While the main research focus was on political views, the methods and approach taken were very inspiring for my own research.

I've found that in my own social science classes, pop culture is rarely (if at all) brought into the conversation. Harry Potter and the Millennials: Research Methods and the Politics of the Muggle Generation was a refreshing take on what is obviously present and influencing our
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Mary
Sep 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics
Harry Potter and the Millennials: Research Methods and the Politics of the Muggle Generation" is a great example of a book on research that remains accessible and engaging.

If you're interested in my thoughts on how the research sample was grouped and the impact that might have had on the results, you can read more here.
Sarah
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
A good look at the effects of media, specifically Harry Potter. No unexpected conclusions, really. Although I did wish they would have separated the data of those who read part of the series from those who hadn't read any. Would have been nice to see any differences that may have shown up there as well. But, overall, not as dry as I would expect a research paper to be. It was actually fairly entertaining to read.
Randi Strauss
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very cool, if highly scholarly stylistic, read. Love this whole concept.
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“We might think we know how we are being affected by the media—a book, a movie, a TV series. Ironically, this so-called awareness, the “third person effect,” is most common with, according to Gierzynski, “those with higher education.” He notes that “we think we know how the media affects us,” but in truth, it controls us more than we know.” 2 likes
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