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Wyatt Moss-Wellington

Warren Buckland in his introduction to Puzzle Films (2009: 7) and Gerwin van der Pol (2013) in his analysis of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s 1979 film Amator have both noted that film theorists discuss but never quite name cognitive dissonance. Van

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paradigmatic term from communication research, Wyatt Moss-Wellington explores the role that cognitive dissonance plays in viewer responses to ethically and morally problematic characters and narratives in cinema. He examines provocative and challenging material

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Jeff Smith, Dominic Topp, Jason Gendler, and Francesco Sticchi

films, namely their creation of cognitive dissonance. Here Kiss and Willemsen distinguish two types of dissonance in impossible puzzle films—incongruities and impossibilities—the difference between them being that incongruities are dissonances stemming

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“Text-as-Means” versus “Text-as-End-in-Itself”

Some Reasons Why Literary Scholars Have Been Slow to Hop on the Mobilities Bus

Lynne Pearce

“entanglement” of events, affects, and processes, but my thoughts might be somewhere else entirely. 19 This is precisely the sort of cognitive dissonance that literary texts—both fiction and non-fiction—capture so well and lend important food for thought to all

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Jeanne Favret-Saada’s Minimal Ontology

Belief and Disbelief of Mystical Forces, Perilous Conditions, and the Opacity of Being

Theodoros Kyriakides

only—complete conviction—and then struggle to understand how the natives manage to avoid the torments of cognitive dissonance.” In earlier ethnographic accounts, a way of resolving this problem of contradictory practices was to relocate belief, and also

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Corporal Punishment in Japan

One Path to Positive Anthropological Activism

Aaron L. Miller

cognitive dissonance for Westerners who observe it but do not intervene to stop it. Which side of the debate should we as foreign scholars living in Japan be on? Theoretically, corporal punishment is an example of what I call a ‘language of discipline

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Barbara Roche Rico

(1986), presents a more complex narrative whose very title points to a problematic aspect of home—the cognitive dissonance between the stories that migrants “had nostalgically presented to their displaced offspring” labeled by Mohr a “false legacy” (1987

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The Mystery of the Missing Men

How Do Young Men Experience “Belong-ing” in Higher Education?

Vicki Trowler, Robert Allan, and Rukhsana Din

cognitive dissonance provoked by taking responsibility for turning his life around—which he proudly described as “very adult”—while at the same time stepping back into a “dependent” studying role, relying on a grant which was augmented by a small amount of

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Methodology Matters in Iran

Researching Social Movements in Authoritarian Contexts

Paola Rivetti

researchers to reduce the cognitive dissonance between their actual behaviour and ideal selves. How can scholars and field researchers produce knowledge in such circumstances? How can they negotiate the code of conduct they are expected to respect, and how can

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Social Protest and Its Discontents

A System Justification Perspective

Vivienne Badaan, John T. Jost, Danny Osborne, Chris G. Sibley, Joaquín Ungaretti, Edgardo Etchezahar, and Erin P. Hennes

than fundamentally illegitimate. System justification theory, which was proposed by John Jost and Mahzarin Banaji ( 1994 ), drew heavily upon just world theory (as well as a number of other social-scientific perspectives, including cognitive